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City saddened by the death of guardian of our hard-won freedom, Ahmed Kathrada <p>​This morning we woke up to the heart-breaking news of the passing of one of our country's struggle stalwarts and a Freeman of the City, Ahmed Kathrada.</p><p>We are deeply saddened by the loss of a wonderful soul and a man who fought courageously and with conviction against the unjust forces of the apartheid regime. </p><p>As one of the key figures in the fight for freedom and equality and one of the last remaining Rivonia Trialists, Uncle Kathy was sentenced to life is prison along with his dear friend former president Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and others. </p><p>In 2015, the City of Cape Town awarded the highest honour to Uncle Kathy – the Freedom of the City – where he joined fellow Freeman Tata Madiba and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. </p><p>In awarding this honour, his citation read: ‘The life of Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada has been a chronicle of the journey for the fight for freedom. His voyage started with his involvement in the struggle against apartheid in 1941.</p><p>‘His life is deeply woven into the tapestry of Cape Town’s history and heritage and his sacrifices and humility will remain a lasting inspiration for the coming generations. His story will endure as a moral compass for our democracy.</p><p>‘Mr Kathrada’s life has shown us the power of forgiveness and shines a light on the path leading to the values of our Constitution’.</p><p>We mourn a great man, an icon and a guardian of our freedom who continued to speak truth to power in his last days. The City’s flags will fly at half-mast today in his honour.</p><p>The City of Cape Town extends our deepest condolences to his partner, Barbara Hogan, his family and friends, and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. </p><p>We will forever be indebted to him for his sacrifices and contribution in the fight for our democracy and human rights. </p><p>Rest in peace Uncle Kathy. We will always cling to your example as one of our country's great moral compasses. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-03-27T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|StatementsGP0|#ea2ed89c-096c-4117-a918-756bf1021883;L0|#0ea2ed89c-096c-4117-a918-756bf1021883|Ahmed Kathrada;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#90b49a62-96e2-436a-9c68-187c9ab33534;L0|#090b49a62-96e2-436a-9c68-187c9ab33534|Mayor1


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