Indian-origin anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada passed away on 28 March 2017 after complications following a brain surgery in Johannesburg.
Settled in South Africa, Kathrada was one of Nelson Mandela's closest aides in his struggle to end the white minority rule. During his struggle, he spent 26 years and 3 months in prison, including 18 years on the infamous Robben Island.
About Ahmed Kathrada
• Kathrada was among three political prisoners who were sentenced to life imprisonment after the infamous Rivonia Trial of 1964. The two others were Andrew Mlangeni and Denis Goldberg.
• They played major roles in shaping the country's policies after Mandela's election as the first democratic President of South Africa in 1994.
• After the end of apartheid, he served from 1994 and 1999 as parliamentary counsellor to President Mandela in the first African National Congress (ANC) government.
• Kathrada also received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, India's highest honour for foreign nationals of Indian-origin, in 2005 from the Indian President.
• As a prolific writer, Kathrada penned six books himself or with co-authors.
• Kathrada was born in 1929 to Indian immigrant parents in northwestern South Africa.
What: Passed away
When: 28 March 2017