Series NMAP 2010/01 - George Bizos Collection

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ZA COM NMAP 2010/01


George Bizos Collection


  • 1962 - 2010 (Creation)

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7 files contained in 3 archival boxes

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(15 November 1927 - 9 September 2020)

Biographical history

Greek-born human rights lawyer. Member and co-founder of the National Council of Lawyers for Human Rights. Committee member of the ANC’s Legal and Constitutional Committee. Legal advisor for the Convention for a Democratic South Africa. Defence lawyer in the Rivonia Trial. Also acted for high-profile anti-apartheid activists, including the families of Steve Biko, Chris Hani, and the Cradock Four during the hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Appointed by Mandela to South Africa’s Judicial Services Commission.

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Transferred to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory by George Bizos in 2010

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George Bizos

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Manuscript of the book 'Apartheid's Justice' by George Bizos, including correspondence and research materials. A draft of Joel Joffe's book 'The Rivonia Story' is included.

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Permission of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is required

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  • English

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Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory archive

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