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Farewell to a giant of human rights George Bizos

- Lee-Anne Bruce

CALS mourns the loss of a true giant of human rights lawyering, our friend and colleague George Bizos

The staff at CALS are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of George Bizos SC. George was so much more than an advocate in the court room. He was one of our all-time greatest advocates for social justice. 

As a lawyer defending the accused during the infamous Rivonia Treason Trial, he made a profound contribution to our country at one of the lowest points in our history. As one of the drafters of our Constitution, he paved the way for the constitutional democracy we have today. As a leader of the Legal Resources Centre's team at investigations like the Marikana Commission of Inquiry and the Ahmed Timol case, he helped to defend these hard-won rights and bring justice to the under-served. 

The legacy he leaves behind speaks for itself and we will remember him as a tireless champion of human rights and as a kind and gentle soul. He has contributed greatly to our work over the years and we hope to keep his spirit alive in all we do. We extend our deepest condolences to all his loved ones and to the entire LRC family. We are keeping them in our thoughts during this difficult time.