The second death anniversary of Ahmed Kathrada, the anti-apartheid activist

Today marks the second death anniversary of Ahmed Kathrada, the anti-apartheid activist. He was jailed for life in June 1964, along with Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Raymond Mhlaba, Denis Goldberg, Govan Mbeki, Elias Motsoaledi and Andrew Mlangeni. He died in Johannesburg on 28 March 2017

Ahmed Mohammed Kathrada (August 1929 – March 2017), known also as “Kathy” or “uncle Kathy”, was a South African politician, political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist. He lived in the small country town of Schweizer-Reneke in the Western Transvaal, now North West Province

Kathrada became the Acting head of the ANC’s Department of Information and Publicity, head of Public Relations and elected to the National Executive Committee of the ANC in 1991. He was elected as a member of Parliament in 1994, during South Africa’s first democratic elections. He also served as a Parliamentary Counsellor in the office of the president. He also served as the Chairman of the Robben Island Museum Council and that of the Ex-Political Prisoner Committee. He would be long remembered as a symbol of Indo-African alliance and as a hero and icon of democracy and human rights


Kathrada supported the palestinian cause, he participated in Palestinian activities against Israel. For example, he delivered a speech in the Palestinian Land Day on March 30, 2015



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