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ISBN: 978-1-920222-43-7  

Trim size: 230 x 150mm

Binding: paperback

Page count: 428 pages

Imagery:  F/C & B/W photographs 

Cost: R275.00

Genre:  Memoir

Publication date: April 2010

Includes CD-ROM



Alongside Nelson Mandela, his comrade in the struggle, Denis Goldberg is one of those sentenced to four life sentences at the Rivonia Trial. He then spent 22 years (from 1963–1985) in an apartheid South Africa political prison. 

In this memoir, Denis, the perennial optimist, writes about the human side of the often-painful road to freedom, about the joy of love and death, human dignity, political passion, comradeship, a conflict between comrades … and very long imprisonment.


Denis Goldberg

Born in Cape Town in 1933, the son of working-class immigrants from Great Britain, Denis Goldberg was one of the white activists against apartheid in South Africa.

As a young civil engineer, he campaigned with the ANC and, in 1961, joined Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the armed wing of the liberation movement. He was arrested in 1963 and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 along with seven other comrades, including Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu.

After long, drawn-out negotiations, Goldberg was released in 1985. Unbroken, he campaigned for the end of apartheid from his exile in London, England, initially working for the ANC, and after the end of apartheid, he founded Community H.E.A.R.T. (Health Education and
Reconstruction Training) to assist the building of the new South Africa.

Denis was awarded the Order of Luthuli in Silver (OLS) by the President of South Africa in 2009 in recognition of his contribution to the struggle for freedom in South Africa. He continues to work to overcome the legacy of apartheid.

His life has come full-circle, as he now resides in Cape Town, back where it all started.

A CD-ROM is included inside the back cover of the book. It contains stories not told in the book, extra photographs, videos, mementos and biographies of 60 ANC members.

A must for students, this book is a comprehensive look at South Africa from the 1930s to the present through the eyes of one of South Africa’s most dedicated citizens.