George Bezos, the anti-Apartheid struggle hero and stalwart, has died at 92.
Bezos arrived in South Africa from Greece in 1941 as a refugee from World War II.
When he became a practicing lawyer, he dedicated his time to human rights law and representing well-known activists during the 1950s and 1960s.
He served as one of the lawyers representing Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu at the the Rivonia and Treason trials.
Following the end of Apartheid, he continued to represent those who had been targeted by the Apartheid government. During the Truth and Reconciliation Commission he represented the families of Chris Hani, Steve Biko and the Craddock Four.
The cause of death has not been released, but his family have been informed.
Condolences for friends and family and messages remembering his incredible life have been pouring in on social media.
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation is saddened by the news that veteran human rights lawyer George Bizos has passed away 💔
— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) September 9, 2020
When I was arrested with my friends for painting a mural to protest the Group Areas Act George Bizos defended us – he put his foot on the chair at the trial and told the judge: de minimus non curat lex. We were acquitted. RIP Uncle George. pic.twitter.com/Vumyu46map
— ghaleb cachalia. MP (@GhalebCachalia) September 9, 2020
Rest in perfect peace George Bizos. pic.twitter.com/HZiMW0lXxU
— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) September 9, 2020