George Bizos in stable condition after falling ill

JOHANNESBURG – Authorities at the Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Centre say Human Rights lawyer George Bizos is in a stable condition.

Senior counsel Bizos was admitted to the centre after falling ill this week. It is still not clear what Bizos is suffering from.

 

Bizos made his name as a human rights lawyer during the apartheid era when he defended Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki and Walter Sisulu in the Rivonia Treason trial. Although he has now retired he is currently a presidential appointee to the Judicial Service Commission.

“He has been admitted to the centrr and is currently undergoing tests.He is comfortable he is in good spirits and we are awaiting the outcome of the investigations,” says the centre’s Sue Taylor.

George Bizos defended Prime Minister and Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai in his high-profile treason trial in 2004 in Harare.

Zimbabwe’s High Court however acquitted opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai of charges that he conspired to have President Robert Mugabe assassinated.

The treason charges against Tsvangirai were based on a grainy videotape of a meeting in Montreal between Tsvangirai and Israeli political consultant Ari Ben-Menashe, a Canadian businessman. Prosecutors said the tape that captured Tsvangirai discussing Mugabe’s "elimination" was dismissed by the judge.