65 Years of Friend­ship

Indwe - - Business Hub - By Ge­orge Bi­zos

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. The two met as stu­dents at the Univer­sity of the Wit­wa­ter­srand in 1948. They would later be­come le­gal col­leagues, and Man­dela would be­come Ge­orge Bi­zos’ most fa­mous client soon af­ter, for Bi­zos was part of his le­gal de­fence dur­ing the fa­mous Trea­son Trial, and again dur­ing the Rivo­nia Trial. Af­ter see­ing his friend sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment, Bi­zos be­came Man­dela’s life­line, nav­i­gat­ing the com­pli­cated po­lit­i­cal net­work of the Strug­gle. 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.

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