Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in jail – many of them alongside Nelson Mandela – for acts of sabotage against South Africa’s white minority government, died in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning at the age of 87.
He had been admitted to hospital with blood clotting in his brain earlier this month.
Kathrada was born on August 21, 1929, to Indian immigrant parents in a small town in northwestern South Africa .
He was among those tried and jailed alongside Mandela in the Rivonia trial in 1964, which drew worldwide attention and highlighted the brutal legal system under the apartheid regime.
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