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By Sowetan LIVE | 2011-05-25 12:20:04.0

Arthur Goldreich famously provided refuge to Nelson Mandela at Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia

Achmat Dangor, Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, has offered condolences to the family and friends of Arthur Goldreich who passed away this week, aged 82.

He is survived by his sons Nicholas, Paul, Amos and Eden.

An artist and designer who created the sets for the famous musical King Kong, Goldreich was also a political activist who became a member of Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) the armed wing of the ANC.

Goldreich and his family provided refuge at their home on Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, to Nelson Mandela and other freedom fighters in 1961.

Goldreich was one of those arrested at the farm on 11 July 1963 in the now infamous Rivonia Raid.

Along with Harold Wolpe, Mosie Moola and Abdulhay Jassat, Goldreich escaped from custody at Marshall Square Police Station in Johannesburg on 11 August 1963.

He moved to Israel in 1964 after his dramatic escape.

After South Africa achieved democracy in 1994 Goldreich attended a reunion at Liliesleaf. It has since been transformed into a museum.