On April 30, 2020, South-African anti-apartheid activist Denis Theodore Goldberg passed away at the age of 87 due to lung cancer and diabetes in Cape Town, South Africa. He was born on April 11, 1933 in Cape Town, South Africa (SA).Key Points:
i.About Denis Goldberg: He was considered as a stalwart of the South African liberation struggle and was the only white member of the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe formed in 1961.
ii.He was accused in the Rivonia Trial, alongside the better-known Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu.
iii.When his fellow accused were sent to Robben Island, as a white prisoner Mr. Goldberg was separated from them and imprisoned in the capital, Pretoria.
iv.Golberg 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.
v.Goldberg was released in 1985 and continued to campaign against apartheid from his base in London with his family until the apartheid system was fully abolished with the 1994 election.
vi.He returned to South Africa in 2002 and founded the non-profit Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust in 2015.
vii.Awards: Goldberg was awarded the Order of Luthuli by the South African presidency for his dedication to working for the betterment of the people of South Africa (SA) throughout his life.
About South Africa:
Capital– Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (Judicial), Cape Town (legislative).
President– Cyril Ramaphosa.
Currency– South African rand.