The South African human rights lawyer and struggle activist, George Bizos, has died. He was 92.
Bizos, who died on Wednesday at his home in Johannesburg, represented former president Nelson Mandela and struggle stalwart, Walter Sisulu, during the infamous Rivonia trial where both men were accused of treason.
Business Day reports that Bizos was born in Greece and arrived in South Africa in 1941 as a World War II refugee with his father.
He founded Saheti School in the 1970s to give children of all races a chance to receive education.
At the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he represented the family of Chris Hani when Hani’s assassins applied for amnesty, reports Wikipedia.
In a statement released by parliament's presiding officers, deep sadness was expressed at the passing of Bizos.
"Mr Bizos belonged to the outstanding, courageous, and special generation of leadership that strived and dedicated their entire life to the restoration of the dignity of all people. He was, without a doubt, one of the greatest giants of our liberation struggle who not only ushered in a new dispensation but also played an instrumental role in setting up crucial systems to anchor our democracy."
While Bizos played a crucial role in the writing of South Africa's constitution and the Bill of Rights, he always declined a position in government. Instead he devoted his time to the South African judicial system and laws.
Bizos was married to Rita who died in 2017. They are survived by three sons.
Watch the SABC News video below of tributes pouring in when the news broke of the human rights lawyer's death.
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