65 Years of Friendship

George Bizos

The heartwarming story of a remarkable friendship between two remarkable men: world-renowned human-rights lawyer George Bizos, and Nelson Mandela. It was a friendship that shaped the history of a nation.
Date Published :
June 2018
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
Language:
English
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781415207581
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$21.50

Overview
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65 Years of Friendship tells the heartrending story of a remarkable friendship between two remarkable men: world-renowned human-rights lawyer George Bizos, and Nelson Mandela. George and Madiba met as students at the University of the Witwatersrand in the 1940s. They would later become legal colleagues, and Mandela would become George Bizos’ most famous client soon after, for it was Bizos who formed part of his legal defence during the famous Treason Trial, and again during the Rivonia Trial, when Mandela and others faced the death penalty for plotting to overthrow the state. After seeing his friend sentenced to life imprisonment instead, Bizos became Mandela’s lifeline, navigating the complicated network of the Struggle. Working tirelessly, be it by secretly meeting Oliver Tambo in exile or arguing for the abolishment of the death penalty in the Constitutional Court years later, Bizos offered his unwavering support to Mandela on his long walk towards a democratic South Africa. In this touching homage to their friendship, George Bizos tells a fascinating tale of two men whose work affected the lives of all South Africans.

About The Author
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Born in Greece in 1928, George Bizos fled his native Greece after the German invasion of 1941. Arriving with his father in Johannesburg, the 13 year-old understood no English. Yet, he graduated from Wits Law School in 1959 and was admitted to the Johannesburg Bar in 1954. He built an illustrious career on defending victims of apartheid human rights abuses. At present he sits on the bench of the Johannesburg High Court. He is married with three sons and spends much of his spare time gardening.

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