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Caption: Ahmed Kathrada and Fidel Castro pictured during a trip to Robben Island. 

Former Robben Island prisoner Ahmed Kathrada reflects on the legacy of Fidel Castro, and what the revolutionary Cuban leader symbolised for the South African liberation movement. 


(Caption: A file photo of a school pupil holding up an anti-racism during Anti-Racism Week 2016.) 

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation notes with concern the alleged Islamophobic sentiments expressed by a teacher at Apex Primary School in Lenasia, Johannesburg South.

The incident involved a teacher allegedly calling a grade 7 Muslim learner a ‘terrorist’ after reportedly hitting his topi (Islamic skullcap) off his head.


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