Launch of Triumph of the Human Spirit - Ahmed Kathrada and Robben Island [fr]
On Saturday 22 August 2015 Chargée d’Affaires Charlotte Montel and a delegation from the Embassy of France in South Africa attended the launch of the coffee table book Triumph of the Human Spirit – Ahmed Kathrada and Robben Island, in Fordsburg, Johannesburg.
The book was launched on the occasion of Kathrada’s 86th birthday banquet.
Kathrada, who spent 26 years in prison with late former President Nelson Mandela, attended the fundraising banquet with his wife Barbara Hogan, family, close friends and struggle stalwarts among others.
Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom welcomed hundreds of guests on behalf of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and revealed that Kathrada, who has returned to Robben Island more than 300 times after his release, might be given a house on Robben Island.
Comedian Riaad Moosa, who played Kathrada in the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, paid tribute to “Uncle Kathy” as he is affectionately known.
Among those in attendance were former minister in the presidency Essop Pahad, former Robben Island prisoner Laloo "Isu" Chiba, former speaker of parliament and son of Walter Sisulu, Max Sisulu, and his wife Elinor, Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi and CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang.
On French National Day (Bastille Day/ 14 July) 2015, Kathrada received the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (Knighthood in the Legion of Honour) from Ambassador of France to South Africa Elisabeth Barbier on behalf of the President of the French Republic.
He also this year received the Freedom of the City from the City of Cape Town and was awarded honourary citizenship by the State of Palestine.
- Read his biography here.