Dennis Goldberg, one of the leading fighters against apartheid, died

One of the leading fighters against apartheid in South Africa, Denis Goldberg died at the age of 87. He died on Thursday, April 30, according to the BBC.

According to his niece Joy Noero, Goldberg died in his home in a suburb of Cape Town, the cause of death is a long-term illness.

Goldberg is a descendant of immigrants from the Russian Empire. In 1955 he became an anti-apartheid activist, after which he joined the banned Communist Party of South Africa.

In 1963, as part of a group of 10 activists, which also included Nelson Mandela, he was tried and found guilty of anti-government activities and sentenced to 22 years in prison.

After that time, he left for the United Kingdom and returned to South Africa after the fall of the apartheid regime.

In the following years, he was actively involved in political life, opposing corruption in the government.