Struggle icon and activist Ahmed Kathrada (87) passed away in hospital on Tuesday after a month in hospital.
“Kathrada passed away peacefully after a short period of illness, following surgery to the brain,” said the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.
Kathrada was one of the struggle icons charged with high treason in 1956 with the late President Nelson Mandela and 156 others. Following a trial which took four years to conclude, Kathrada and his co-accused were acquitted in 1961.
Three years later, he was imprisoned with Mandela and Walter Sisulu following the Rivonia Trial. The Anti-Apartheid activist consequently spent 25 years in prison, 18 on Robben Island and seven in Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison. He was later released in 1989.
In an interview with 21 Icons, Kathrada says he never imagined the dawn of a new democracy.
“In prison, we never imagined that Mandela [was] going to be president and that I was going to be in Parliament. If any of us felt that way, we never talked about it,” he said.
Watch the video below
– Source SA History