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Ahmed Kathrada
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Member of Parliament
In office
1994–1999
Constituency Lenasia
Personal details
Born
Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada

(1929-08-21)21 August 1929
Schweizer-Reneke, Transvaal Province, Union of South Africa
Died 28 March 2017(2017-03-28) (aged 87)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Political party African National Congress
South African Communist Party
Spouse(s) Barbara Hogan
Alma mater University of South Africa

Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada (21 August 1929 – 28 March 2017), sometimes known by the nickname "Kathy", was a South African politician and former political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist.

Kathrada's involvement in the anti-apartheid activities of the African National Congress (ANC) led him to his long-term imprisonment following the Rivonia Trial. He was held at Robben Island and Pollsmoor Prison with Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu.

Following his release in 1990, he was elected to serve as a member of parliament, representing the ANC.

Kathrada died at a medical center in Johannesburg from complications of a blood clot in the brain on 28 March 2017, aged 87.

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