South African anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Kathrada is dead

Veteran South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada has died in Johannesburg after complications following brain surgery, aged 87.

Kathrada was sentenced to life imprisonment and hard labour in 1964, together with other ANC luminaries including Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbek.

Late Nelson Mandela and Late Ahmad
Late Nelson Mandela and Late Ahmad

He spent the next 18 years at the maximum security section on apartheid’s most notorious prison, Robben Island, a few miles offshore Cape Town city.

Ahmad Kathrada
Ahmad Kathrada

Kathrada was moved to Pollsmoor prison in 1982 and was released from jail on 15 October 1989 at the age of 60, having spent just over 26 years in jail for his anti-apartheid activities.

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