S/Africa: Kathrada, Mandela’s Comrade Dies

Ahmed Kathrada, a veteran anti-apartheid activist in South Africa, sentenced to life imprisonment along with Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 87.

Kathrada’s foundation said that he passed away peacefully in Johannesburg’s hospital “after a short period of illness, following surgery to the brain”.

He was among eight African National Congress activists sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 along with Nelson Mandela,.

They were convicted of trying to overthrow the apartheid government.

He spent 26 years in prison, 18 of which were on the notorious Robben Island.

He was released in 1989, and President Mandela later persuaded him to join him in government.

Ahmed Kathrada left parliament in 1999, but remained active in politics, criticizing the recent direction of the ANC and calling on President Jacob Zuma to resign.