Ahmed Kathrada Picture: Brenton Geach/Independent Media

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has paid tribute to the anti-apartheid and human rights activist, Ahmed Kathrada, who passed away on Tuesday, after a short illness.

Kathrada was a veteran of the anti-apartheid movement, becoming a political activist at the early age of 12, when he joined the Young Communist League of South Africa.

After decades of brave resistance, he was imprisoned on Robben Island, along with fellow activist Nelson Mandela and others.

After the unbanning of the ANC in February 1990, Kathrada served on the interim leadership committees of both the ANC and the South African Communist Party.

SASCOC chief executive officer, Mr Tubby Reddy, conveyed his condolences: “We commend Mr Kathrada for his contribution to the nation as a whole during and after the struggle.

“As the macro sports body of South Africa, we hope the legacy he left behind will be carried forward in similar fashion.” 

African News Agency