By Denis Goldberg, Z. Pallo Jordan
From June 1963 to October 1964, ten antiapartheid activists have been attempted at South Africa's Pretoria ultimate court docket. status one of the accused with Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, and Walter Sisulu used to be Denis Goldberg. Charged below the Sabotage and Suppression of Communism Acts for "campaigning to overthrow the govt via violent revolution," Goldberg used to be discovered in charge and sentenced to lifestyles imprisonment. the single white guy convicted in the course of the notorious Rivonia trial, he performed a old position within the fight for justice in South Africa.
In this amazing autobiography, Goldberg discusses becoming up aware of the injustice permeating his fatherland. He joined the South African Communist get together and helped came upon the Congress of Democrats. It used to be his position as an officer within the armed underground wing of the African nationwide Congress (ANC), despite the fact that, that ended in his existence sentence―the end result of which used to be a wonderful twenty-two years in the back of bars. whereas he was once incarcerated, the racist dogma of apartheid imposed entire separation from his black comrades and co-workers, a segregation that denied him either the companionship and the counsel of his fellow accused.
Recounted with humor and humility, Goldberg's tale not just offers a sweeping assessment of existence in South Africa either in the course of and after apartheid, but additionally illuminates the reports of the activists and oppressors whose fates have been certain jointly.
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Andimba was one of the founders of the Ovambo People’s Congress in Cape Town. I was not directly involved. My memory is that there were considerable differences between those who formed the Ovambo People’s Congress and later the Ovamboland People’s Organisation and SouthWest African People’s Organisation (SWAPO), on the one hand, and those who formed the South-West African National Union (SWANU), which was essentially a Herero-based organization, on the other. But the differences were not due only to ethnicity.
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