Message of President Nelson Mandela on the death of advocate Maisels

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Message of President Nelson Mandela on the death of advocate Maisels

President Nelson Mandela has learnt with sadness of the passing away of
Advocate Israel Aaron Maisels. A humanitarian at heart, Advocate Maisels was a
courageous opponent of racism and injustice. He was on of the most outstanding
lawyers South Africa had ever produced. Yet because of the system of apartheid
and the vindictiveness of its captains, his talent could only be fully realised
as a Judge outside South Africa - in Botswana, Lesotho ad other neighbouring

We fondly remember Advocate Maisels as an energetic and rilliant lawyer
between 1958 and 1961 in the so-called Treason Trial, and as a person of
profound knowledge with whom we consulted on a variety of issues, especially
after our release from prison in 1990.

Democrats in South Africa and Southern Africa shall sorely miss this
outstanding son of our people. Our nation is the poorer without him.

Our heart-felt condolences go to his family, relatives and friends.

Rest in Peace

Issued by: The Office of the President
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contact Joel Netshitenzhe (012) 319-1561


Last updated : 31-Mar-2011

This article was produced by South African History Online on 31-Mar-2011

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