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“As Mandela walked out of prison with the ‘Amandla’ salute, we knew that the values of non-racialism and democracy were triumphant over apartheid. It is however, disheartening and of great concern to me, that 25 years on, we still see blatant acts of racism being perpetrated. We have made significant progress since 1994, but racism still lurks under the surface,” said Kathrada.



This year marks the 25th anniversary of Mandela’s release, and the 20th year that Marwan spends behind bars, including the last 13 years consecutively. In October 2013, an international campaign was launched from Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island for the freedom of Marwan and all Palestinian political prisoners.


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 in general and the South African Indian community in particular, 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 society;
  • Build and maintain a centre that will carry out all of the activities and programmes of the Foundation.

While Ahmed Kathrada's activities were substantially connected with the Indian Congress, in practice his activities extended well beyond the Indian community, ranging from the Young Communist League to Umkhonto we Sizwe, amongst others. The Foundation will therefore strive to include basic data and be a reference point for information on other individuals and liberation organisations."


“Beyond Kathy’s individual role then, his Foundation will promote and help sustain the ideal of a non-racial society which we fought for over so many decades.”

Nelson Mandela
August 2007

“As a prisoner of concience, Ahmed Kathrada dedicated himself to the right of people to a life of freedom and dignity”

Sonia Gandhi
August 2007