South African anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg dies

FILE — In this July 8, 2013 file photo Denis Goldberg, a friend and prisoner with former South African President Nelson Mandela, attends an event of the 50th anniversary of the raid against him and other former African National Congress leaders at the Liliesleaf Farm in the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. According to a family announcement Goldberg died Wednesday April 29, 2020, at his home near Cape Town, aged 87. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber/File)
FILE — In this July 8, 2013 file photo Denis Goldberg, a friend and prisoner with former South African President Nelson Mandela, attends an event of the 50th anniversary of the raid against him and other former African National Congress leaders at the Liliesleaf Farm in the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. According to a family announcement Goldberg died Wednesday April 29, 2020, at his home near Cape Town, aged 87. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber/File)

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.