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11 September 2020


President Cyril Ramaphosa has honoured the late human rights lawyer and social activist Advocate George Bizos declaring a Special Official Funeral Category 1 for this distinguished South African.
President Ramaphosa has authorised that the National Flag be flown at half-mast at every flag station in the country from Saturday, 12 September 2020, until the evening of the Special Official Funeral on Thursday, 17 September 2020.
The renowned human rights lawyer passed away on the afternoon of 9 September 2020 at the age of 92.
Adv Bizos was born in Kirani, Greece. He came to South Africa with his father in 1941.

He dedicated his legal career to fight for basic human rights, while representing numerous high-profile activists in political trials including Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and other accused in both the 1956 Treason and 1963 Rivonia trials. 
President Ramaphosa has described George Bizos as one of the best legal minds in South Africa who contributed immensely to the attainment of democracy.

“George Bizos was a well-known name and he had an incisive legal mind and was also one of the architects of our constitution who contributed immensely and he will be sorely missed.  We dip our heads in honour of the contribution he made to our democracy,” said President Ramaphosa.