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Ahmed Kathrada Biography 1918 – 2013


Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada, sometimes known by the nickname “Kathy”, was a South African politician and anti-apartheid activist.

Kathrada’s involvement in the anti-apartheid activities of the African National Congress (ANC) led him to his long-term imprisonment following the Rivonia Trial, in which he was held at Robben Island and Pollsmoor Prison.

Ahmed Kathrada

BORN: 21 August 1929

HOME TOWN: Schweizer-Reneke, Transvaal Province, Union of South Africa

SPOUSE: Barbara Hogan

DIED: 28 March 2017 (aged 87)

PLACE OF DEATH: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

RESTING PLACE: Ahmed Kathrada

OCCUPATION: Politician, Anti-Apartheid, Activist, Writer


AWARDS: In addition to receiving the Isitwalandwe Award (the ANC’s highest possible accolade) whilst still in prison in 1988, Kathrada has also been awarded four Honorary Doctorates, including the University of Missouri, Michigan State University, and the University of Kentucky…

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