South African Anti-Apartheid Activist Denis Goldberg Dies At 87

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Veteran South African anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg, who was tried alongside Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 87.

statement from Goldberg’s family and the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust said: “Denis Goldberg passed away just before midnight on Wednesday. His was a life well lived in the struggle for freedom in South Africa. We will miss him.”

Born in 1933 in Cape Town into a leftwing Jewish family who had emigrated from the UK, Goldberg faced antisemitic attacks at school, which contributed to a growing political awareness.

“I understood that what was happening in South Africa with its racism was like the racism in Nazi Germany in Europe that we were supposed to be fighting against,” he later said.

Goldberg spent 22 years in prison for his involvement with the ANC’s fight against apartheid, the racist system of oppression imposed by the white minority government.

Part of text culled from the Guardian.

 

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