South African Anti-Apartheid Activist, Ahmed Kathrada Dies at 87

Posted on:29 Mar 2017 16:04:23
South African Anti-Apartheid Activist, Ahmed Kathrada Dies at 87
29 March 2017 Current Affairs: Veteran Indian-origin South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who was one of Nelson Mandela's closest aides, died at a hospital in Johannesburg, at the age of 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.

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 to 1999 as parliamentary counsellor to President Mandela in the first African National Congress (ANC) government.

Apartheid:- Apartheid was a legalised system of discrimination against non-white people introduced in South Africa in 1948.

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