ANC joins the City Of Cape Town in honouring uncle Kathy

ANC joins the City Of Cape Town in honouring uncle Kathy

26 November 2015

The ANC joins the City Of Cape Town in honouring our Struggle icon, Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada, for his immeasurable contribution and sacrifice towards the complete liberation of our country.

The ANC has already bestowed its highest award "Isithwalandwe", The ANC`s Merit Award for long service to honor comrade Kathrada. Comrade Kathrada is also a recipient of the Presidential Order for Meritorious Service; Class 1: Gold

Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada (or `Kathy`, as he is popularly known) was born on 21 August 1929 in Schweizer-Reneke, a small rural South African town, about 200 miles from Johannesburg.

In the 1940s Uncle Kathy first met Congress leaders, Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela, I C Meer and J N Singh.

In 1951, He was selected to visit East Berlin to attend a youth festival jointly organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), and the International Union of Students (IUS). From there he visited Poland where the Auschwitz Concentration camp left an indelible impression on him.

Back home in 1952, Uncle Kathy was in a group of 20, including Madiba and Sisulu who were sentenced to nine months in prison with hard labour, suspended for two years for organizing a Defiance Campaign against six apartheid laws. The campaign was jointly organized by the ANC and SA Indian Congress.

In 1954, He was placed under restrictions by the Security Police and was arrested several times for breaking his "banning orders". In 1956, he was among the 156 Congress activists and leaders charged for High Treason. The trial continued for four years after which all the accused were acquitted. Kathrada, Mandela and Sisulu were among the last 30 to be acquitted.

In 1962, Uncle Kathy was placed under "house arrest". The following year He broke his banning orders, and went "underground", to continue his political work. In July 1963, the police swooped on Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, a Johannesburg suburb where Kathrada and other "banned" persons had been meeting.

This led to the famous `Rivonia Trial`, in which eight accused were sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour. Comrade Kathrada spent 26 years and 3 months in prison, 18 of which were on Robben Island.

In the new dispensation, Kathrada has been a guiding light for our young democracy, becoming our shining and brightest star, and with him as our guide, we will never get lost. The ANC Celebrates the work of the Kathrada Foundation. Uncle Kathy remains a member of the ANC in good standing who is available for ANC deployment as a leader and committed member. On Monday He will be taking a group of veterans to robben Island Museaum to celebrate the role our veterand have played in the struggle for liberation.

No country can ask more of a man. Nobody stands more eligible because no other person deserves the acknowledgement more for his role in liberating this country and his continued role in advancing total liberation for our people. We are grateful to continue to have the opportunity to honor comrade Kathrada.

We Salute "Isithwalandwe", Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada

Faiez Jacobs
Provincial Secretary

For more information please contact:

Jabu Mfusi - 0820495213
Yonela Diko - 0767243062