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(Caption: A file photo of Ahmed Kathrada on Robben Island. Photo by Benny Gool). 


Ahmed Kathrada turns 87 on August 21. In this piece, Zaakirah Vadi, explores some of the recent social justice and political issues that the struggle veteran has committed to, continuing his legacy as one of the moral compasses of our time.




Sophia Williams-De Bruyn may be best known for leading the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings, but after spending an afternoon chatting to the veteran, Delani Majola, learns that her contribution to the struggle spans decades.


Sophia Williams-De-Bruyn radiates ‘eternal youth’ that belies her 78 years of age.  


She sits stylishly composed at her daughter’s Sandton home, talking about everything from her own history to the contribution of numerous other anti-apartheid veterans.



About The Foundation

Objectives of the Foundation


In pursuing its core objective of deepening non-racialism, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation will:


  • Promote the values, rights and principles enshrined in the Freedom Charter and the Constitution of the Republic
    of South Africa;
  • Collect, record, promote and display, through historical artefacts and contemporary material, Kathrada's
    role in South Africa's liberation struggle and its relation to the role of other individuals, groups and
    movements both nationally and internationally;
  • Establish a research and documentation centre that will provide selective historical and contemporary
    documentation and archival material on liberation history in South Africa, and to make this available for
    academic and scholarly research;
  • Organise seminars, lectures, debates and discussions and undertake research on issues which promote a
    non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa;
  • Identify and support projects and programmes that will deepen non-racialism and create an equitable
  • Build and maintain a centre that will carry out all of the activities and programmes of the Foundation.

Neeshan Balton