Mandela’s Lawyer And Jewish Leader Jules Browde Dies


Founding member of Lawyers for Human Rights, Advocate Jules Browde has passed away. He gave up the ghost on Tuesday at the age of 98.

Significantly, the legal luminary was an eminent member of the Johannesburg Bar, a long-serving human rights activist and Jewish communal leader.

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Jules Browde’s Profile

Remarkably, in the course of his career stretching over more than half a century‚ he was Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo’s legal lifeline‚ as well as other numerous anti-apartheid activists.

Jules Browde was born in Johannesburg in 1919. His career started after he obtained a BA from Wits University. Thereafter, he enlisted in the Union Defence Force in the early months of World War II.

At the expiration of the war, he forged ahead with his studies at Wits‚ where he first came across late struggle icon, NelsonMandela‚ a fellow law student.

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After independence, precisely, in 1996‚ Browde was appointed by Mandela to probe irregularities in the appointment of certain public servants posts during the transition to democracy period.

Also, he was appointed as a Senior Counsel in 1969‚ and went on to serve as an acting Judge in South Africa‚ as well as a judge on the Appeal Courts of Swaziland and Lesotho.

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In July 2008‚ he was crowned with the Sydney and Felicia Kentridge Award for Service to Law in Southern Africa. And in 2011, the SA Jewish Report honoured Browde and his spouse, Professor Selma Browde, with the Helen Suzman Lifetime Achievement Award.

He also served as national president of the Habonim youth movement for 25 years. Report says he planted a tree during a ceremony at Kibbutz Yezre’el, marking the 70th Habonim reunion during his last visit to Israel in 2005.