(JOHANNESBURG) — Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in jail—many of them alongside Nelson Mandela—for acts of sabotage against South Africa’s previous white minority government, died in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning. He was 87 years old.
Kathrada died after being admitted to hospital with blood clotting in his brain earlier in March.
“Kathy was an inspiration to millions in different parts of the world,” Neeshan Balton, the chief executive of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, said in a statement. “This is great loss to the ANC (the African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party), the broader liberation movement and South Africa as a whole.”
Tributes poured in for Kathrada, who was released from prison in October 1989 at the age of 60.
Source: Stuart Graham / AP