Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada dies aged 87
Former South African politician, who was sentenced to life imprisonment with Nelson Mandela, has died after a short illness
South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, a Robben Island prisoner and one of Nelson Mandelas closest colleagues in the struggle against white rule, has died aged 87.
Kathrada was among those tried and jailed alongside Mandela in the Rivonia trial in 1964, which drew worldwide attention and highlighted the brutal legal system under the apartheid regime.
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.
This is great loss to the ANC, the broader liberation movement and South Africa as a whole, Neeshan Balton, head of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, said. Kathy was an inspiration to millions in different parts of the world.
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