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(Caption: Struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada)

If there’s a particular slogan that best characterises crude racism, it’s the National Party’s 1948 election tagline: “Die kaffirs en boesmans op hulle plek, die koelies uit die land.”


Subsequent to the National Party’s election victory, the intention behind this slogan was to import legislation from Hitler’s Germany. Laws such as the Immorality Act and the Group Areas Act may have had different names in Germany, but they reflected the same legislated racism of the Third Reich.


The word ‘k**f*r’, despite being outlawed in South Africa today, is evidently still in use. It retains all the maliciousness and hatred that it encapsulated during apartheid.



(Caption:  A file photo taken at a bridge in Roodepoort, where racist graffiti was painted over with the words 'Racism is wrong'.)

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation supports calls being made to the Judicial Service Commission to investigate Mabel Jansen and review her fitness to hold judicial office.


This follows an online conversation being made public, in which Jansen claims that rape is part of black culture.



About The Foundation

Objectives of the Foundation

In pursuing its core objective of deepening non racialism, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation will:

  • Promote the values, rights and principles enshrined in the Freedom Charter and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa;

  • Collect, record, promote and display, through historical artefacts and contemporary material, Kathrada's role in South Africa's liberation struggle and its relation to the role of other individuals, groups and movements both nationally and internationally;

  • Establish a research and documentation centre that will provide selective historical and contemporary documentation and archival material on liberation history in South Africa in general and the South African Indian community in particular, and to make this available for academic and scholarly research;

  • Organise seminars, lectures, debates and discussions and undertake research on issues which promote a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa;
    Identify and support projects and programmes that will deepen non-racialism and create an equitable society;

  • Build and maintain a centre that will carry out all of the activities and programmes of the Foundation.

While Ahmed Kathrada's activities were substantially connected with the Indian Congress, in practice his activities extended well beyond the Indian community, ranging from the Young Communist League to Umkhonto we Sizwe, amongst others. The Foundation will therefore strive to include basic data and be a reference point for information on other individuals and liberation organisations."