Inyathelo extends its deepest sympathies to friends and family of activist Ahmed Kathrada, who died in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning (28 March 2017).
Mr Kathrada, 87, was part of a group of eight sentenced to life imprisonment with Nelson Mandela. He was released in 1989, having spent just over 26 years in prison. He founded the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation in 2008 with a core objective of deepening non-racialism and continued to take part in marches and demonstrations, offering his support to students protesting for free tertiary education and workers fighting for higher wages. He was a fierce critic of injustice and corruption.
Inyathelo acting executive director Nomfundo Walaza said: “Such a compassionate, dedicated son of South Africa will never be forgotten. He was a stalwart of the liberation struggle and, up to the last, worked selflessly to help others. Mr Kathrada was a wonderful role model and our wish is that fellow citizens will be inspired to follow his example and play their part in building a vibrant democracy.”