Praise for Man­dela de­fence at­tor­ney

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The Pres­i­dency has lauded the late Lord Joel Joffe, one of the team of lawyers who de­fended Nel­son Man­dela and his co-ac­cused at the 1963 Rivo­nia Trial. Joffe died on 18 June 2017. He was 85 years old.

“We have learned with sad­ness of the pass­ing of one of our most re­spected le­gal minds, Lord Joel Joffe, who played a crit­i­cal role dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle for our free­dom and democ­racy when he rep­re­sented po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers, in­clud­ing the late father of our na­tion, pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela and other lib­er­a­tion icons,” the Pres­i­dency said in a re­cent state­ment.

Joffe worked along­side Ver­non Ber­range, Ge­orge

Bi­zos and Arthur Chaskalson, led by Bram Fis­cher, in the team of lawyers de­fend­ing Man­dela and his com­rades.

The Rivo­nia Trial be­gan on 9 Oc­to­ber 1963 when the 11 ac­cused – Man­dela, Wal­ter Sisulu, Go­van Mbeki, De­nis Gold­berg, Ahmed Kathrada, Ray­mond Mh­laba, Rusty Bern­stein, An­drew Mlan­geni, Elias Mot­soaledi, Bob Hep­ple and James Can­tor – ap­peared on charges that in­cluded con­spir­acy and sab­o­tage.

Joffe once said his work at the Rivo­nia Trial “was per­haps the most im­por­tant and most in­valu­able I have ever done”.

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