On June 12, 1964, ANC leader Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in jail. Sentenced with him was Denis Goldberg and other Rivonia trialists. Goldberg, now 80, spent 22 years in jail. being the only white person to be sentenced, he was sent alone to Pretoria Central prison, while the others went to Robben Island. He was released in 1985, a few years before Mandela and the other treason trialists were freed. Upon his release, Goldberg went into exile to continue his role in the struggle, returning in the new SA. I chatted to him on June 12 this year, at his home in Hout Bay, exactly 49 years after the Rivonia trialists were sentenced. A humble, witty intellectual and activist who is a qualified engineer, we spoke about his good friend Mandela, who has been in hospital for the past week, but also about his hopes - and vision - for the new South Africa.
Here is the interview published in the Cape Times on his thoughts about Madiba.
Goldberg celebrates a life of Struggle - Cape Times | IOL.co.za