‘Ahmed Kathrada awarded freedom of Cape Town in 2015’

An involuntary, imprisoned, resident of Cape Town for more than two decades, Ahmed Kathrada, became a free man of the city in 2015.

The struggle icon spent 18 years on Robben Island, and a further 8 years in Pollsmoor Prison, after he, along with his fellow Rivonia trialists were sentenced to life imprisonment.

The award is the highest honour which a city council may bestow on any person of distinction. Former recipients include Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.

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