In South Africa at the age of 87 years died a friend and colleague of Nelson Mandela

In South Africa at the age of 87 years died a friend and colleague of Nelson Mandela

PRETORIA, March 28. /Offset. TASS Alexander Nechayev/. Ahmed Kathrada — known fighter against apartheid, a friend and colleague of the first black President of South Africa Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) died on 28 March in South Africa on 88-m to year of life. This is stated in a statement released on the website of the “Foundation Ahmed Kathrada”.

“The Foundation of Ahmed Kathrada” with regret reports that the veteran African national Congress (ANC) today in the morning died at the hospital, Donald Gordon in Johannesburg, — stated in the message. — This is a great loss for the ANC, the liberation movements and South Africa in General.

RIP “Uncle Kathy” Ahmed #kathrada anti apartheid hero, Robben Island prisoner, #Mandela’s great friend, and a very kind & gentle man

— Ben de Pear (@bendepear) 28 Mar 2017
We have lost a leader whose service to the country is forever inscribed in her story.The African national Congress

Kathrada was arrested by the apartheid regime in 1963 and together with Mandela and other freedom fighters sentenced to life imprisonment. He was held in prison along with former head of state a total of 26 years, 18 of them on Robben island, and wrote a book about his friend and colleague. After his release in 1990, Kathrada was elected a member of the national Executive Committee of the ANC. He also headed the Museum-prison on Robben island.

#Kathrada #AhmedKathrada RIP to a true leader of the people, who cared about the people…

— TheSpecialOne (@Danny_Special1) 28 Mar 2017

The Fund also announced that Kathrada will be buried according to Muslim traditions.

Ahmed #Kathrada – dedicated struggle stalwart, committed and selfless cadre #leader to the last day . #RIP

— Deprose Muchena (@DeproseM) 28 Mar 2017