Denis Goldberg’s online memorial service set for Friday

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The family of Denis Goldberg and the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust have announced that the memorial service of the struggle stalwart will take place this coming Friday in the afternoon.

The memorial service will be held online due to the lockdown restrictions. The proceedings will be livestreamed and a minimum number of people, including the speakers, will participate directly in the online service.

According to the family spokesperson, the cremation is organised as a very small and private affair.

After the lockdown is over, the ANC will organise a full national memorial, which will allow a larger number of people to participate directly.

Goldberg succumbed to cancer this past week at the age of 87. He was one of the only two surviving Rivonia Treason trialists.

He spent 22 years in prison after being sentenced in June 1964 to four life terms.

Meanwhile, the family has thanked everyone for all the messages received at this difficult time.

In the video below, the SABC News looks back at key events in the life of Denis Goldberg:

Exclusive interview with Denis Goldberg 

Senior SABC News journalist Tebogo Alexander visited Denis Goldberg before his passing. Goldberg spoke about his life as an apartheid activist and what it meant to him to return to a free South Africa post-democracy.

Until his death Wednesday night, April 29, Goldberg was one of two last survivors, with Andrew Mlangeni, of the Rivonia Trial, which led to their imprisonment.

In Part I of the interview, Goldberg speaks about his life and love for his country.

In Part II of the interview, Goldberg elaborates on the Rivonia Trial and how they all expected the harsh sentences.

In Part III of the interview, Denis Goldberg speaks about life post-release from prison and living in the new Sout Africa.

In Part IV of the interview, Goldberg speaks about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and why he did not attend.