NRI awarded Freedom of City of Cape Town

ingenuAKathradaIndian origin South African freedom fighter Ahmed Kathrada who was a close confidante of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, has been awarded the Freedom of the City of Cape Town, becoming only the sixth such recipient in the country’s oldest city.

Kathrada, 86, said in a lighter vein that he was given the award as a celebrated citizen when all he had done was serve 26 years as a political prisoner alongside Mandela and others on Robben Island, that falls under the jurisdiction of the city, without paying any taxes.

Kathrada said he was nonetheless accepting the honour on behalf of the many other South African citizens who sacrificed much to bring about a non-racial non-sexist and democratic society.

Three years ago Kathrada also received the Freedom of the City of Johannesburg, where he spent his youth before his arrest and imprisonment by apartheid authorities on treason charges.