Struggle veteran, Ahmed Kathrada turns 86

Struggle veteran, Ahmed Kathrada turns 86

Struggle hero Ahmed Kathrada is celebrating his 86th birthday today.


He marked the occasion with pupils at a secondary school in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg. 

Kathrada says pupils from the school have baked a cake for him on his birthday for the past 2 years. The South African icon says he has a simple birthday wish this year.

"My wish would be, as soon as possible that one can ensure that every child in the country goes to bed with a full stomach, gets up in the morning with a smile, goes to a good school after having a proper breakfast. That would be my biggest birthday wish," he said.

Kathrada, who was sentenced to life imprisonment during the Rivonia Trial, spent 18 years on Robben Island.

Yesterday, Kathrada was honoured with Cape Town's The Freedom of the City award - the highest honour the council could bestow.

He joins other recipients such as former president Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

Watch the video below that shows the icon being celebrated recently at Sastri College in Durban where he launched his new book - Triumph of the Human Spirit.

(File photo: Gallo Images) 

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