Bill Frankel

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"Bill Frankel OBE is a grandson of Claude Leon. Born and brought up in South Africa and an alumnus of the University of Cape Town. He is a lawyer practicing in the City of London. Since 1966 he was for over 25 years the secret legal Consultant to Canon CollinsInternational Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa (IDAF) with prime responsibility for overseeing and secretly channelling funds into Southern Africa to pay for the legal costs of virtually every political trial during the days of Apartheid. Appointed OBE by the Queen in her Millenium Honours list for services to human rights. Bill is experienced in issues of human rights and constitutionalism. He is a trustee of a number of charities including, inter alia, eponymous UK charities promoted by the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch and Fort Hare and also by the Constitutional Court. " [1]


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  1. Claude Leon Foundation Trustees, organizational web page, accessed September 2, 2012.