Anti-apartheid Leader, Ahmed Karthrada Dies At 87

ahmed karthrada dies

ahmed karthrada

South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, a Robben Island prisoner and one of Nelson Mandela’s closest colleagues in the struggle against white rule, has died aged 87.

He died in hospital in Johannesburg following a short illness after brain surgery.

Kathrada spent 26 years and three months in prison, 18 of which were on Robben Island. After the end of apartheid, he served from 1994-99 as parliamentary counsellor to President Mandela in the first African National Congress (ANC) government.

Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada before an address to parliament in Cape Town, March 1999
Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada before an address to parliament in Cape Town, March 1999.

His activism against the white-minority apartheid regime started at the age of 17, when he was one of 2,000 “passive resisters” arrested in 1946 for defying laws that discriminated against Indian South Africans.

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