By Denis Goldberg, Z. Pallo Jordan
From June 1963 to October 1964, ten antiapartheid activists have been attempted at South Africa's Pretoria very best courtroom. status one of the accused with Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, and Walter Sisulu was once Denis Goldberg. Charged less than the Sabotage and Suppression of Communism Acts for "campaigning to overthrow the govt. via violent revolution," Goldberg was once came upon responsible and sentenced to existence imprisonment. the single white guy convicted throughout the notorious Rivonia trial, he performed a ancient function within the fight for justice in South Africa.
In this outstanding autobiography, Goldberg discusses starting to be up conscious about the injustice permeating his fatherland. He joined the South African Communist occasion and helped stumbled on the Congress of Democrats. It used to be his function as an officer within the armed underground wing of the African nationwide Congress (ANC), notwithstanding, that ended in his existence sentence―the final result of which was once a miraculous twenty-two years at the back of bars. whereas he used to be 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 assistance 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 reviews of the activists and oppressors whose fates have been certain jointly.
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Extra resources for A Life for Freedom: The Mission to End Racial Injustice in South Africa
Dick retired after about ten years and went to live in the United States, where one winter he slipped on an icy sidewalk, banged his head, and died from a brain hemorrhage, a relatively young man in his fifties. Action for Unity When I started my studies in March 1950 at the University of Cape Town, I was still like a young schoolboy among self-assured young men and women. I felt socially very ill at ease. I played rugby in the under-nineteen D team. That was the lowest one could get, but it gave me the opportunity to kick the hell out of the ball and get rid of my frustrations that way.
They competed with the many other owners of individual buses and the tramway company, whose trams had the right of way on their tracks. The situation was chaotic and dangerous, as drivers inevitably raced to get to waiting passengers first. Eventually the authorities and the tramway company agreed that the latter would set up a bus company with a monopoly on the service. A condition was that they would have to buy out the existing bus owners, paying reasonable compensation for their buses. Dad’s driver accidentally stalled his bus on the tram tracks and a tram driver simply smashed into it, destroying it.
The Afrikaner Nationalist Government elected in 1948 had a small majority of seats, and the votes of Coloured people threatened their supremacy in various constituencies. The disenfranchisement was of course part of the white-supremacist program of the apartheid government. The divisions between white and Coloured during my childhood were governed by strongly observed social custom and practice rather than by laws. Then the Group Areas Act, based on race, was introduced in the 1950s, in addition to the previous Native Urban Areas Act of 1927, which compelled “native” people to live in separate “locations,” generally called townships in later apartheid terminology.