A veteran of the South African liberation struggle, Treason Trialist, long-serving political prisoner on Robben Island and Pollsmoor Maximum Prison, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Member of Parliament.
Ahmed Mohamed “Kathy” Kathrada was born on 21 August 1929, to Indian immigrant parents in Schweizer Reneke, a small town in Western Transvaal [now North West Province]. While he attended Johannesburg Indian High School, he came under the influence of Dr. Yusuf Dadoo and the Cachalia brothers, who were leaders of the freedom movement in the Transvaal.
The Sunday Independent
TURNING POINT AT CUITO CUANAVALE
By Ronnie Kasrils
When Jorge Risquet, one of Fidel Castro’s shrewdest and most trusted
colleagues, addressed the seventh congress of the South African Communist
Party, hosted in Cuba in April 1989, he was greeted with the resounding
salutation “Viva Cuito Cuanavale!”