South Africa – Death of Ahmed Kathrada (March 28, 2017)

We were saddened to learn of the death of Ahmed Kathrada, an eminent figure in the anti-apartheid struggle alongside Nelson Mandela, with whom he was imprisoned on Robben Island.

We applaud his role in the establishment of a free and democratic South Africa, for which he was honored with the rank of chevalier in the Legion of Honor in 2015.

We also remember his special affection for Reunion Island, which he visited several times. France offers its condolences to his loved ones and to the South African people.