Denis Goldberg

Olivia Caruso

About Denis Goldberg:

Born in 1933, Goldberg is well known for his protest of apartheid and was imprisoned in the Rivonia Trial. Goldberg grew up in Cape Town, and graduated from The University of Cape Town. He became the leader of the Congress of Democrats and went on to work with the ANC and was tried from June 1963 to October 1964, along with Nelson Mandela in the Rivonia Trial; where ten leaders of the ANC were tried for 221 acts of sabotage, designed to overthrow the apartheid system. Goldberg was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment in Pretoria prison. Goldberg served 22 years in jail before he was released in 1985.


Denis Goldberg represents the violent struggle of anti apartheid and those affected. Even though Denis was white, he dreamed of living in a country where whites and blacks were treated the same. The Rivonia Trial changed the fate of those living in South Africa, because for the first time, people were putting their lives on the line for this equality. This marked a turning point in history, as people began to see the government as corrupt, feeing empathetic for Goldberg and Mandela. People all over the world began protesting, campaigning and insisting those who were imprisoned from the trial, be released. This grabbed world wide attention and changed people's perspective on apartheid and the government.
Former ANC Rivonia Trialist, Denis Goldberg speaks during Israeli Apartheid Week


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