Denis Goldberg, South African anti-apartheid activist, has died at his home near Cape Town, aged 87, AP has reported.
Goldberg was a prominent member of the now-ruling African National Congress and stood trial alongside Nelson Mandela. He 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.
Goldberg’s niece, Joy Noero, said the liberation stalwart died peacefully Wednesday after having lung cancer and diabetes.
Tributes poured in Thursday for Goldberg, with many acknowledging the role he played in the fight against apartheid.
The Steve Biko Foundation sends our condolences to the family, friends & colleagues of Rivonia trialist & anti-apartheid freedom fighter, Denis Goldberg. His contribution to the struggle for freedom for the oppressed will forever be remembered. May His Soul RIP. pic.twitter.com/JG8vARUJzM
— SteveBikoFoundation (@BikoFoundation) April 30, 2020
Denis Goldberg – a family friend, freedom fighter and an extraordinary patriot has passed on, leaving the country and the ANC so much poorer, so much more a shell of what it once was – when it shook heaven and earth to ensure our basic right of freedom. pic.twitter.com/6tZwM1U2ML
— Lindiwe Sisulu (@LindiweSisuluSA) April 30, 2020
Comrade Denis Goldberg belonged to an illustrious generation of freedom fighters who were prepared to sacrifice all and lay down their lives in the struggle for liberation.
We are all deeply saddened by his passing and thankful for his selfless sacrifice for all our freedom. pic.twitter.com/rDBPiSIOxa
— Minister of Transport |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) April 30, 2020
The nation has lost an icon and an pillar of strength.
Rest In Peace Denis Goldberg. Your example will never be forgotten.
Condolences to the Goldberg family. We are joined with you in prayer and support at this time. pic.twitter.com/qSSo30U4i5
— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) April 30, 2020