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President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday paid tribute to the late human rights lawyer Lord Joel Joffe following his death on June 18, 2017.

Joffe passed away in London, United Kingdom, at the age of 85.

He was well-known for being part of the defence team of the late Nelson Mandela as well as other struggle stalwarts during the Rivonia Trial. 

He later moved to Britain and was made a member of the House of Lords in parliament.

The Presidency, in a statement, said Zuma was saddened to learn of the passing of one of South Africa's most respected legal minds.

“We have learned with sadness the passing of one of our most respected legal minds, Lord Joffe, who played a critical role during the liberation struggle for our freedom and democracy where represented political prisoners including the late father of our nation, [former] president Mandela and other liberation icons.

"On behalf of government and the people of the Republic of South Africa, we wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Joffe family, relatives and all in the legal fraternity across the globe,” said the Presidency said.