Ahmed Kathrada, anti-apartheid activist and Mandela prison mate

Ahmed Kathrada, anti-apartheid activist and Mandela prison mateSouth Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada, who was jailed alongside Nelson Mandela, was feted as a humble liberation hero who shunned the power and glory that came with freedom. Unlike many struggle veterans, Kathrada, who was imprisoned on Robben Island, never held public political office after the fall of apartheid and Mandela’s election as president in 1994. When Mandela left office in 1999, after serving a single four-year term, Kathrada also stepped away from politics — immersing himself in activism through his Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.



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