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Ahmed Kathrada conferred with Freedom of the City of Cape Town award

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Indian-origin South African freedom fighter Ahmed Kathrada has been awarded the Freedom of the City of Cape Town becoming the sixth such recipient.

  • Kathrada was a close confidante of South Africa’s first black president and global anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.
  • The other recipients of the honour include Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

Indian-origin Ahmed Kathrada receives Freedom of the City of Cape Town awardAbout Ahmed Kathrada
Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada has born 21 August 1929 sometimes aka South African politician, former political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist. Kathrada was one of the eight co-accused in the Rivonia Trial in 1964, alongside Madiba and sentenced to hard labour on the infamous Robben Island.


  • He spent 18 years of his 26-year sentence on the island before being released from Pollsmoor Prison in 1989.
  • A long-time friend of Mandela, Kathrada was appointed as Parliamentary Counsellor in 1994.


  • Kathrada was 46th in the Top 100 Great South Africans in 2004.
  • He was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in 2005.
  • Kathrada has also been awarded 4 Honorary Doctorates including the University of Missouri, Michigan State University and the University of Kentucky.