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Late Anti-Apartheid Leader Ahmed Kathrada: 'Don't Harbor Hatred And Revenge'

The anti-apartheid activist, who died Tuesday, worked to end apartheid alongside Nelson Mandela. In his later years, he lamented South Africa's divisions and criticized President Jacob Zuma.
Ahmed Kathrada, an anti-apartheid activist and close friend of former South African President Nelson Mandela, died Tuesday in Johannesburg. Source: STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

Ahmed Kathrada, a former political prisoner, politician, anti-apartheid activist and lifelong friend to Nelson Mandela, died Tuesday at a Johannesburg hospital at age 87. In recent years, he had expressed concerns about his country's direction, and called last year for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma.

An activist with the African National Congress, Kathrada — known for decades by his nickname Kathy, and later in life, as Uncle Kathy — was jailed for decades along with Mandela. He was a defendant in South Africa's two historic trials: the five-year Treason Trial, which started in 1956 and precipitated a turn in the African National Congress's reaction to apartheid, and the 1964 Rivonia Trial, in which anti-apartheid leaders were charged with

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