President Ramaphosa saddened by the passing of Denis Goldberg

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his deep condolences at the passing of Rivonia Trialist Denis Goldberg.

Goldberg passed away on Wednesday.

Goldberg received a National Order for his commitment to the struggle against apartheid and service to the people of South Africa.

“My thoughts are with Denis Goldberg’s family and his comrades around the country and around the world,” says a statement from the Presidency.

“This is a sad moment for our nation and a moment for all of us to appreciate Denis Goldberg’s brave dedication to our Struggle and his lifelong activism in the interest of – and in the physical presence of – poor and vulnerable communities around our country,” adds the President.

Social users have also expressed their heartfelt condolences to the Goldberg family, with some sharing their fondest memories with the struggle stalwart.



The African National Congress (ANC) says it’s deeply saddened by the passing of one of the party’ stalwarts of the struggle for liberation, Denis Goldberg. In a statement, the party said Goldberg belonged to that illustrious generation of freedom fighters, who were prepared to sacrifice all and lay down their lives in the struggle for liberation. It sent its condolences to Goldberg family, his friends and comrades.

ANC says it is saddened by the passing of the Rivonia trialist:




‘Human being of highest integrity’
Meanwhile, the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has described Goldberg as a human being of the highest integrity and honour who eschewed personal aggrandisement and consumptiveness.
The Foundation says Goldberg’s lifetime contribution to South Africa and its people was second to none.
“Denis Goldberg’s pragmatic human values and natural compassion shone like a candle, attracting and connecting like-minded individuals and institutions wherever he went,” says the statement.
The Foundation says it remains committed to continuing to honour Goldberg through strengthening its relationship to the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation.
 “He was our friend” 

The Nelson Mandela Foundation says South Africa has lost another true patriot, someone who was a friend of Nelson Mandela and a stalwart of struggle.

“Most of Ntate Goldberg’s life was dedicated to the struggle against apartheid and the building of democracy. He was a member of a generation of leadership which shaped the country’s history in profound ways. In later years he challenged the direction our democracy was taking, initially critiquing the country’s macroeconomic policies and then challenging state capture during the years of cronyism and looting.

“We at the Foundation got to know him through his close contact with Madiba and through his participation in our projects.” “He was our friend,” Chief Executive Sello Hatang reflects.

Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang pays tribute to Goldberg: