The Nelson Mandela Museum is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of George Bizos, a lawyer and a human rights activists. George Bizos will always be remembered as a hero and a daredevil who put his life and that of his family in order to save the lives of Rivonia trialists that included Nelson Mandela. Advocate George Bizos represented Mandela at his treason trial, which began in 1956. He also represented Mandela during the Rivonia Trial, when he and other anti-apartheid activists were sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 on charges of seeking to overthrow the apartheid government.
George Bizos also served as a Counsel in numerous political trials including Biko, Timol, Aggett inquests, the Toivo ja Toivo Trial of the Namibians and the Bram Fischer trial. He further availed his service as a Counsel to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in her numerous trials from the late fifties to 1992, defended Albertina Sisulu, Barbara Hogan and other women particularly those who defied the carrying of apartheid passes from the mid-fifties. At the time when Nelson Mandela was the President of the Republic of South Africa, Bizos was appointed to the Judicial Services Commission to recommend candidates for Judicial office and Reforms to the Judicial System to erase its apartheid past.
As the Museum, we fully appreciate sacrifices made by George Bizos in the struggle for freedom and justice in South Africa. We therefore extend our condolences to the Bizos family, children, grandchildren and the African National Congress.
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