The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has termed the desecration of the bust of child martyr, Valliamma Muniswami Mudliar, “an act of vandalism”.
The bust, situated in Rose Park, Lenasia, was unveiled on September 24, 2014 (Heritage Day). A site visit this week revealed that the head of the statue has been broken off. A few bricks have been removed from the monument and debris litters the floor.
The desecrated bust of the child martyr.
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation welcomes the Global Watch Summit to be held from November 20 to 21 in Johannesburg, aimed at rooting out racism in sport.
The Foundation’s Director, Neeshan Balton, said that the summit is timely, considering the most recent racial incident in the sporting fraternity.
“The Foundation is perturbed by the racist comments reportedly made by Rostov Football Club coach, Igor Gamula.”
A common, hard-line approach is needed to combat racism in sports. Picture source: committogrow.com
Today marks 25years since five Rivonia Trialists stepped out from prison as free men. Two of the trialists, who are still alive, Ahmed Kathrada and Andrew Mlangeni, shared their views on the occasion.
By Zaakirah Vadi
Ahmed Kathrada in Lenasia following his release. Photo by The Lenasia Indicator
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has supported an Equality Court application by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) against the Mazibuye African Forum and two of its members.
The Foundation is a second applicant in the hate speech case against the KwaZulu-Natal group, known for its anti-Indian stance. The third applicant is candidate attorney, Kirith Haria.
"Solutions to issues of race and equality cannot be found in the articulation of racial statements or songs that further divide people and undermine social cohesion."