Ahmed Kathrada


Age: 87

South African anti-apartheid activist considered as the most prominent Asian South African in the movement to end apartheid (the system of racial segregation) who spent 26 years in prison alongside his close friend Nelson Mandela for resisting the apartheid system of white minority rule in South Africa while he was active in leftist politics since his teenage years and came to prominence in July 1963 when he was arrested with other anti-apartheid activists in the northern suburb of Johannesburg of Rivonia where the South African Communist Party and the armed wing of the outlawed African National Congress (ANC) had purchased an isolated farm as a meeting place, who was indicted on charges of trying to overthrow the government, start a guerrilla war, and open the door to invasion by foreign workers as was Mandela who had been in prison since 1962 but faced new charges after the authorities found documents at the Rivonia farm linking him to the ANC's armed wing.

Cause of Death: Complications from cerebral embolism

Born: August 21, 1929

Died: March 28, 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa