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Hamba kahle, Comrade Kathrada


CALS extends its condolences to the family and friends of anti-apartheid struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada or ‘Uncle Kathy’ as he has become affectionately known. 

Comrade Kathrada was a true revolutionary who devoted his life to the struggle against apartheid and for freedom, human dignity, equality and democracy: the values that are the bedrock of South Africa’s constitution. For this he was sentenced, along with most of his Rivonia trial colleagues, to life imprisonment in 1963 - ultimately serving 26 years in prison. 

Ahmed Kathrada’s passionate opposition to injustice found continued expression in the democratic era. He remained, to the end, an outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights and against racism and the erosion of democratic gains in South Africa.

Kathrada’s character and the values he stood for remain vital as we face a world blighted by increasing economic inequality, and the growth of a politics of bigotry and repression. We hope that his spirit continues to guide us as we challenge injustice.  

Hamba Kahle, Comrade Kathrada – Rest in Power