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Denis Goldberg remembered for his humanity, sacrifices at memorial service

The African National Congress stalwart succumbed to cancer last week.

Denis Goldberg and President Ramaphosa. Picture: Nelson Mandela Foundation.

JOHANNESBURG - Anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg has been remembered for his humanity and sacrifice during the fight for the country’s liberation.

President Cyril Ramaphosa joined others on Friday afternoon in paying tribute to Goldberg through an online memorial service.

The stalwart succumbed to cancer last week.

He was 87.

President Ramaphosa said that goldberg was a man of unquestionable integrity.

He thanked the struggle icon’s family for surrendering their own to the people of South Africa.

"We want to thank Denis Goldberg's family for the sacrifice that they too made to make the South Africa that we live in to come true. They suffered immensely as well and we pay tribute to them."

Meanwhile, the last remaining Rivonia Trialist, Andrew Mlangeni, said that Goldberg displayed unwavering courage as one of the youngest to stand trial in 1964.

"Comrade Denis sacrificed his family, sacrificed his life, his entire youth in order to do the work of the African National Congress. We thank him for that."

In an emotional tribute, the struggle icon’s grandchildren said that their grandfather lived his life for the freedom of others.

A MAN OF UNITY

Former Constitutional Court Judge Albie Sachs said that Goldberg contributed significantly to South Africa's transformation and the global fight for equality and human dignity.

Sachs said that his death should be a reminder of our humanity as the country grappled with COVID-19.

"We don’t live on the other end, we live in societies and communities. This what Denis lived by. I think of how much Denis means to all of us, so full of compassion. A beautiful example of what humanity is capable of producing."