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April 17 is marked annually as Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation will be sending South African public representatives a copy of the Declaration calling for the release of thousands of Palestinian political prisoners languishing in Israeli jails.


In the year of the 55th anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre and days before the celebration of Freedom Day, more than 50 young people will get the opportunity to learn more about an event that changed the course of South Africa’s liberation history.


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