Statement on the Passing of Ahmed Kathrada

Statement on the Passing of Ahmed Kathrada

March 28, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria offers its deepest condolences to the friends and family of Ahmed Kathrada upon his passing today. Mr Kathrada, who for many years returned to Robben Island to lead tours for leaders from around the world, conveyed important lessons that would help create a more free, inclusive, and democratic South Africa and world. He showed us, through his actions as an anti-Apartheid activist early in his life, a political leader, and subsequently as an advocate for non-racialism and a powerful voice for probity in political life, that the human spirit can indeed overcome the forces of injustice. Even in the months leading up to his death, he never stopped working toward a better South Africa.