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Caption: Ahmed Kathrada says that his first day out of prison is a blur in his memory. He recalls a press conference, media interviews and trips between Lenasia and Soweto. Photo by Eric Miller

October 15, 2015 marks 26 years since struggle stalwart, Ahmed Kathrada, was released from prison. This means that his time spent in prison, and the years following his release, are now equal.  


This week, he was interviewed by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s Director, Neeshan Balton.


In this opinion piece, Zaakirah Vadi, captures highlights of that interview.  



Gauteng Premier David Makhura will deliver the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s 2015 Annual Lecture tomorrow, focussing on the challenges of nation building in post-apartheid South Africa.

He will reflect on lessons learnt from his term as Gauteng Premier since May 2014.

The lecture takes place on November 21 at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg at 2.30pm.


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."