Cape Town – SASCOC has joined the rest of the nation in mourning struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada who passed away on Tuesday after a short illness.

Kathrada fought a long and brave anti-apartheid battle during the struggle and he became a political activist at the early age of 12 when he joined the Young Communist League of South Africa.

After the unbanning of the ANC in February 1990, Kathrada served on the interim leadership committees of both the ANC and the South African Communist Party.

Kathrada also achieved many awards which included: the Isitwalandwe Award (the ANC’s highest possible accolade) whilst still in prison he received four Honorary Doctorates, was voted 46th in the Top 100 Great South Africans in 2004 and was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in 2005.

SASCOC Chief Executive Officer, Tubby Reddy grieved the loss of a stalwart and conveyed his heartfelt condolences.

“We commend Mr Kathrada for his contribution to the nation as a whole during and after the struggle. As the macro sports body of South Africa, we hope the legacy he left behind will be carried forward in similar fashion.”

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