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13 October 2010

Out in Africa Opening Night Speakers

Jozi: Thu 14 – Sun 21 October
Hyde Park Nu Metro and downtown at The Bioscope

CT: Thu 21 October – Sun 7 November
V&A Nu Metro, and in the heart of the city at The Foxy On Broadway, 44 Long Street.

Denis Goldberg, a civil engineering graduate of UCT, became the technical officer of Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1961. In 1964 at age 31, Goldberg was sentenced to four life terms at the end of the Rivonia Treason Trial. Others in the dock included Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Ahmed Kathrada.

In 1985 at age 52, after 22 years in the notorious Pretoria Central prison, Goldberg was released and went into exile in London where he continued to work for the ANC. His memoir, The Mission - A life for freedom in South Africa, was published recently.

It is an honour for Out In Africa to welcome a man of passion and compassion to open the Festival in Cape Town on Thursday 21 October in Cape Town.

In Johannesburg, on Thursday 14 October the Festival will be opened by Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Director of the Legal Resources Centre’s Constitutional Litigation Unit and a member of the Executive Committee of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC).

Ngcukaitobi is an advocate with qualifications in law and politics from the Universities of Transkei (BA-LLB), Rhodes (LLM) and the London School of Economics (LLM). He writes regularly for academic journals on the questions of human rights, labour law and administrative law. He has served as a clerk at the Constitutional Court and is a former partner of Bowman Gilfillan.

Denis Goldberg was the guest speaker at the launch of CASAC on 16 September 2010 at the Lilliesleaf Farm, famous for the raid that led to the Rivonia Treason Trial.

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