By: Amanda Kasem
Denis Goldberg: Biography
Goldberg was born in 1933 on April 11th, and worked as an engineer, but was also a political activist. Joining the Modern Youth Society in 1953 whilst in University, he began to work with anti- apartheid organizations like the Congress of Democrats and the Communist party. He also worked with the Spear of the Nation, which was also referred to as the ANC army. Working underground to try and rebel against the government, Goldberg was caught and convicted alongside Mandela during the Rivonia trial. After being detained for 22 years, he was exiled to London, where he stayed with his family and continued his work for the ANC-- and even was a representative in the United Nation's Anti- Apartheid Committee, even receiving the Albert Lithuli peace prize for all his work, as he also worked to improve Black South African's standards of living in 1955, when he established the H.E.A.R.T Community. In 2002 he returned to South Africa and became Special Adviser to Water and Forestry Affairs.