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Anti-apartheid veteran Laloo ‘Isu’ Chiba (83) took a bold stand today by picketing against the sale of Israeli products outside a Woolworths store at Trade Route Mall, Lenasia. The stalwart - who spent 18 years in prison on Robben Island and is now a trustee of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation - has urged shoppers to heed the call by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) South Africa campaign.

BDS recently launched the campaign against Woolworths, which imports several of its products from Israeli settlements.


The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has termed the desecration of the bust of child martyr, Valliamma Muniswami Mudliar, “an act of vandalism”.

The bust, situated in Rose Park, Lenasia, was unveiled on September 24, 2014 (Heritage Day). A site visit this week revealed that the head of the statue has been broken off. A few bricks have been removed from the monument and debris litters the floor.



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."


“Beyond Kathy’s individual role then, his Foundation will promote and help sustain the ideal of a non-racial society which we fought for over so many decades.”

Nelson Mandela
August 2007

“As a prisoner of concience, Ahmed Kathrada dedicated himself to the right of people to a life of freedom and dignity”

Sonia Gandhi
August 2007