- Anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg passed away on Wednesday
- Goldberg served a 22-year jail term following his involvement with the ANC during the apartheid era
- President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute to the struggle hero and praised him for dedicating his life to activism
Rivonia trialist Denis Goldberg has lost his lengthy battle with cancer and passed away on Wednesday evening.
The anti-apartheid activist played a significant role in South Africa achieving democracy.
After studying at the University of Cape Town, Goldberg joined Umkhonto we Sizwe’s (MK) technical office.
He was arrested at the MK headquarters in 1963 and subsequently sentenced to four terms of life imprisonment.
Goldberg holds the dubious honour of being the only white member of MK to be sentenced at the Rivonia Trial.
He was released after spending 22 years behind bars, but still worked for the ANC.
Goldberg's family and the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust shared the news via Facebook on Thursday:
"His family and the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust are very sad to announce that Denis Goldberg passed away just before midnight on Wednesday 29 April 2020. His was a life well lived in the struggle for freedom in South Africa. We will miss him."
The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute to the struggle hero on Thursday.
Ramaphosa said, “This is a sad moment for our nation and a moment for all of us to appreciate Denis Goldberg’s brave dedication to our struggle and his lifelong activism in the interest of – and in the physical presence of - poor and vulnerable communities around our country."
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported on the life of former ANC leader Wilton Mkwayi.
He was part of the 1956 Treason Trial and also became acting leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe.
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