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An ethical barometer: Advocate George Bizos

10 Sep 2020

In 2015, George Bizos — veteran human rights lawyer who fought injustice in South Africa despite not being born here — spoke about ethics and the role of active citizenship at a Mail & Guardian and University of South Africa Critical Thinking Forum in Pretoria.

Bizos died on Wednesday at the age of 92. His legacy as a thought leader lives on in the words he shared. Below is an edited version of his speech.

In the midst of the tumult that is taking place in our country at the moment, it is truly a pleasure to take time to pause and reflect on matters that are important to us, and to think about what advancements we would most like to see in our country.

The topic that I…

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