Denis Goldberg (1933-2020) was jailed for twenty-two years after the Rivonia trial in South Africa . He was one of thirteen people arrested at a farm at Rivonia, a suburb of Johannesburg, on 11 July 1963 (along with Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu and Ahmed Kathrada) and one of eight convicted of sabotage and other offences. In this long interview conducted in London in September 1992, he talks about being recruited into the South African Communist Party, party activities and discipline, the turn to violent resistance, the Rivonia arrests and trial and political activity in jail. It is a candid and reflective interview. Ronnie Press, another SACP veteran, was also present. The MP3 audio version is a few minutes longer if you want to catch every word.
This interview was for the programme about South Africa in the radio series What's Left of Communism? Denis Goldberg sadly died near Cape Town on 29 April 2020 - the obituary below appeared in The Times, suitably on May Day.