Denis Goldberg

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Denis Goldberg
Denis Goldberg speaking at the launch of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival, 12 October 2013.
Denis Goldberg speaking at the launch of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival, 12 October 2013.
Born(1933-04-11)11 April 1933[1]
Cape Town
Died29 April 2020(2020-04-29) (aged 87)
Cape Town
NationalitySouth African
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town
Known forRivonia Trial
Political partyAfrican National Congress

Denis Theodore Goldberg (11 April 1933 – 29 April 2020) was a South African social campaigner of Jewish descent.[2] As a member of the South African Communist Party he was active in the struggle against apartheid and was imprisoned along with other key members of the anti-apartheid movement such as Nelson Mandela at Robben Island.

After the first non-racial elections in South Africa, Goldberg founded the development organisation Community H.E.A.R.T. in London in 1995 to help to improve the living standards of black South Africans. With the support of German friends, he established Community H.E.A.R.T. e.V. in Essen, Germany in 1996.

Goldberg returned to South Africa in 2002 and was appointed Special Adviser to MP Ronnie Kasrils, Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry until 2004. In 2010 he published his autobiography, The Mission: A Life for Freedom in South Africa (STE Publishers, Johannesburg).[3]

Goldberg was diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer in July 2019 while on a tour in Germany.[4] He died from the disease in Cape Town on 29 April 2020, aged 87.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Denis Theodore Goldberg". South African History Online. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  2. www.whoswhosa.co.za
  3. Goldberg, Denis (2010). The Mission: A Life for Freedom in South Africa. STE Publishers. ISBN 978-1-920222-43-7.
  4. Ancer, Jonathan (30 April 2020). "'Life is wonderful': What Denis Goldberg told the 'Sunday Times' in 2018 on the eve of his 85th birthday". Sunday Times. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  5. "South African anti-apartheid veteran Denis Goldberg dies, 30 April 2020". BBC.

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