David Cameron to honour ANC veterans at Downing Street
Denis Goldberg, Ahmed Kathrada & Andrew Mlangeni were political prisoners convicted at the Rivonia Trial.
LONDON - United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister David Cameron will today honour three African National Congress (ANC) veterans in recognition of their contribution to the end of apartheid in South Africa.
Denis Goldberg, Ahmed Kathrada and Andrew Mlangeni, were political prisoners convicted at the Rivonia Trial for conspiring to overthrow the apartheid state through sabotage. Rivonia trialists Andrew Mlangeni (R) and Denis Goldberg (L). Picture: EWN.
Rivonia trialists Andrew Mlangeni (R) and Denis Goldberg (L). Picture: EWN.
They stood together in the face of death 50 years ago and are now to be rewarded for their fight for justice.
The three men felt so passionately about the need for a multiracial-democracy in South Africa they were prepared to give up their lives for it.
The famous trial followed a police raid on an ANC safe house in Rivonia in 1963.
Kathrada and Goldberg were arrested and put in solitary confinement along with Mlangeni who'd been arrested at home.
Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada. Picture: AFP.
All were interrogated and tortured, but none of them talked.
Between them, the men spent 75 years in prison, but today they'll be welcomed at Downing Street and at a gala event in aid of a charity which inspires young people to change the world.
(Edited By Winnie Theletsane)