Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa announced four days of national mourning for struggle veteran Denis Goldberg, who died Thursday at the age of 87.
Ramaphosa made that announcement in a statement on Friday.
According to Ramaphosa’s declaration, the national flag will be hoisted only half-mast at every station in the country from Friday 1 May to Monday 4 May, as a sign of respect and observance during the days of national mourning for Goldberg.
Goldberg, also a writer, activist and one of the accused in the world-famous Rivonia trial, died on Thursday during the early hours of hours in Hout Bay, Cape Town, after a long cancer battle.
n the 21 years he spent in prison before his release in 1985, Goldberg earned degrees in public administration, history, geography and librarianship and also began law school.
Ramaphosa expressed his deepest sympathy with Goldberg’s death on Friday, saying: “At this moment we cannot say goodbye personally or in large numbers.
“May the silent prayers and gratitude of the people of South Africa take his brave and patriotic soul to its final resting place.”