George Bijos, a human rights lawyer who defended Mandela died at the age of 92

Bizos died of natural causes at the age of 92 in his home in peace with his family, a statement released by the family said.

President Cyril Ramphausa announced his death, saying that the Bizos news was “very sad for us as a country.”

“A decisive legal mind and architect of our Constitution, he contributed greatly to our democracy,” He said in a tweet.
Cello Hatung, the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said in a statement, “There was always a great deal of support to support our programs and meet our challenges.”

“He became like a well-loved uncle to us. We were in awe of him, yet he always associated us with humility, affection and respect.”

The foundation said that Bizos’ friendship with Mandela spanned more than seven decades, and in the final years of Mandela’s life, he often found “capturing and sharing memories”.

During Mandela’s persecution, Bizos played an “important role”, both as a “professional” and as a family friend.
The Mandela Foundation statement quoted Nelson as saying, “He took care of my children after their children, advised my children and made me feel that although I am in prison, my affairs were looked after by a person Is going on, which I know and trust. ” .

Bijos studied law at the University of Johannesburg’s Witwetersand with Mandela and fellow civil rights activist, Oliver Tambo. They became friends and worked together as young advocates.

Bizos was Mandela’s lawyer in 1964 on charges of sabotage and facing the death penalty. Instead, he was sentenced to life in prison and sentenced to 27 years.

The lawyer played a key role in Mandela’s release in 1990. The Afrikan saw that apartheid had no future, and knew that they “cannot face the world forever”, he told CNN in an emotional interview in 2013.

Bizos said that Mandela eventually earned the respect of his jailers. He introduced Bizos to his “Guard of Honor” on Robben Island, the 12 white Afrikaner wardens who accompanied him.

In 2013, CNN’s Anderson Cooper said, “Even though many warders don’t consider black prisoners as humans, they made it their business to treat warders as humans.”

“He wanted to persuade the people of South Africa as a whole that they did not have to fear fundamental changes in the country,” Bijos said.

After Mandela’s release, Bijos helped write the country’s new constitution to the constitutional committee of the African National Congress.

“[He asked us to] Create a constitution that is good for our country and not for the good of our organization. We tried to do that and I think we were successful, ”said Bijos.