Madiba tribute: George Bizos

By Kirstin Buick
06 December 2013

George Bizos pays tribute to Nelson Mandela.

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE, PART OF THE RIVONIA TRIAL DEFENCE TEAM

A mixture of traditional animism, Christianity and the monotheistic religions all makes him [Mandela] believe there’s life after death. He always jokes that he’s going to join the nearest branch of the ANC in heaven . . . I once quoted to him what [ancient Greek philosopher] Socrates said to [his friend] Crito when Socrates was about to die. “Crito, I don’t fear death. There may be life after death. But that won’t be such a bad thing . . .”  And Mandela said, “But assume that there’s no such thing. Have you ever had a night’s sleep when you weren’t disturbed at all – no dreams, no fears – you just slept throughout the night? Didn’t you feel very much happier? Can you imagine if there’s this eternal sleep it’s also all right?

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Extracted from Mandela: The Authorised Portrait 

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