Veteran South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada passes away
South Africa’s revered Indian-origin anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada passed away. He was 87. He was one of Nelson Mandela’s closest aides in his struggle to end the white minority rule. He was frequently referred to Mandela as his ‘elder brother’. He was among three political prisoners who were sentenced to life imprisonment together with Nelson Mandel after the infamous Rivonia Trial of 1964. He had spent 26 years and 3 months in prison, including 18 years on the infamous Robben Island. He was also a prolific writer and had penned six books himself or with co-authors.