May 13 1927 — January 12 1978
On March 9 1956 Duma Nokwe became South Africa’s first black advocate at the Johannesburg Bar, beating his nearest rival, Nelson Mandela, to the honour. The Minister of Native Affairs, Hendrik Verwoerd, turned down Nokwe’s application to have offices, known as chambers, in His Majesty’s Building where the white advocates were housed. Fellow advocate George Bizos illegally shared his chambers with Nokwe from 1956 to 1962.
- » ARTIST: Lewis Levin
- » ADDRESS: High Court, Pritchard Street, Johannesburg