"Mandela, Sisulu and Kathrada’s generation have done their bit to conceptualise and shape the development of a non-racial South Africa. This Anti-Racism Week, we should all be asking ourselves what we are doing today to ensure that post-apartheid racism is challenged in all its forms. We should recommit to #TakeOnRacism with greater determination. It is the least we can do, so that our children will one day know that we were also a generation that cared."
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.
Today marks 25years since five Rivonia Trialists stepped out from prison as free men. Two of the trialists, who are still alive, Ahmed Kathrada and Andrew Mlangeni, shared their views on the occasion.
On 15th of October 1989, five of the eight ANC long term political prisoners were released after 26 years of incarceration in Pollsmoor Prison and Robben Island. They included Ahmed Kathrada Andrew Mlangeni, Walter Sisulu, Raymond Mhlaba, and Elias Motsoaledi.
By Delani Majola
The Nurul Islam Auditorium was packed to capacity as the top ten qualifying round of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation speech contest got underway this weekend.
Thirty six young people rendered their speeches, tackling issues such as what it means to be a young leader, racism, and freedom and responsibility.
The top three participants will announced later this year at the Foundation’s Annual Lecture, where the speaker in first place will get to present their speech.
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation on September 9 commemorated the 50th anniversary of the death of Suliman ‘Babla’ Saloojee. The Foundation joined a group of family and friends at the Newclare Cemetery, where the anti-apartheid stalwart, who was killed in detention, is buried. A short prayer was rendered, followed by a wreath laying ceremony.
Fellow comrades spoke about Saloojee’s dedication to the struggle, his simplicity and “fearlessness”.
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has partnered with Music is a Great Investment (MIAGI) in celebrating 20 years of South Africa’s democracy. MIAGI’S Youth and New Skool Orchestra European Tour welcomed struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada in Sweden during the first week of July for a tour that marks South Africa’s freedom.
The orchestral music tour formed part of a week-long programme of political festivities in Visby, on Sweden’s largest island, Gotland. Almedalen Week draws some 25 000 people to listen to political speeches and take part in seminars.
A young media student shares her views after touring Constitution Hill with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s youth leaders…
Freedom was not free. That is what I learned from the walls embodied with our rich history at Constitution Hill.
The high price for freedom was paid by great heroines like Lillian Ngoyi, Fatima Meer and Helen Joseph, who sacrificed their duties as spouses, mothers, sisters, and their careers when they were imprisoned at the women's jail.
The Deputy President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, has signed the Robben Island Declaration calling for the freedom of Marwan Barghouthi and all Palestinian political prisoners.
Motlanthe met struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada days before the 12th anniversary of Barghouthi’s incarceration. The meeting also preceded Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, marked annually on April 17, to remember the sacrifices of the over 5000 Palestinian political prisoners currently in Israeli jails.