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65 Years of Friendship

Event Date 
06 March 2018
Venue 
The Book Lounge, Cape Town

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Penguin Random House and The Book Lounge invite you to join us for the book launch of George Bizo's 65 Years of Friendhip.   George Bizos will be in conversation with Tembeka Ngcukaitobi :

  • Date:  Tuesday, 6 March 2018
  • Time:  17:30 for 18:00
  • Venue:  The Book Lounge
  • Address:  71 Roeland Street, Cnr Buitenkant & Roeland Street, Cape Town, 8001
  • RSVP:  The Book Lounge on 021 462 2425 or booklounge@gmail.com by Friday, 1 March 2018

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About the Book:

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. George and Madiba 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 it was Bizos who formed part of his legal defence during the famous Treason Trial, and again during the Rivonia Trial, when Mandela and others faced the death penalty for plotting to overthrow the state. After seeing his friend sentenced to life imprisonment instead, Bizos became Mandela’s lifeline, navigating the complicated network of the Struggle. 
 

Working tirelessly, be it by secretly meeting Oliver Tambo in exile or arguing for the abolishment of the death penalty in the Constitutional Court years later, Bizos offered his unwavering support to Mandela on his long walk towards a democratic South Africa. 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.