Mandela and Bizos: redefining 'bromance'

The bond between one of the most admired men of the 20th century and his lawyer, a Herculean fighter for human rights, was much more than a ‘bromance’

22 October 2017 - 00:00 By SUE DE GROOT

Many great men come from humble origins, and extraordinary friendships are often born in unremarkable places. George Bizos met the mythical figure now known as Madiba - to Bizos always just a man named Nelson - at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1948. When the government announced plans to limit the number of black medical students at "open" universities, Bizos the below-radar refugee stood up at a mass meeting and proposed that all students go on strike should this unholy quota system be...

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