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opponent: "Take it easy, Issy". On another occasion Bram Fischer, a marxist, was dealing with the definition of communism under the Suppression of Communism Act. According to the Act communism is the doctrine of marxian socialism as explained by Lenin or Trotsky, the Communist Information Bureau or any related form of that doctrine. After quoting this definition Bram asked rhetorically: "What is the meaning of the phrase 'any related form of that doctrine'". Pirow snapped back: "You should know better!"
Pirow and Bram were interesting contrasts. One of the familiar sights of the courtroom was the frequent scene in which Pirow would be sitting at the Crown team table reading a copy of the pro Nazi "Nuwe Orde", while Bram, at the defence table would be reading his weekly copy of the independent and progressive "New Age" which actively espoused and supported the ANC and its allies.
One morning as we woke up to go to court we saw press reports of Pirow's sudden death from a stroke. It was a severe blow to the government and the Crown team and, from that moment, the onslaught of our opponents lost its fury and momentum. Rumpff was full of emotion as he paid his last respects in court to an old friend. He rightly described him as a man who would have risen to the highest position in the land were it not for his political views.
Since the special court hearing the treason case constituted a prominent and important court in Pretoria this court was set aside that day as the place where the Pretoria bar would pay tribute to