Kathrada to join Obama on Robben Island

2013-06-29 22:29

Johannesburg - Struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada will on Sunday accompany US President Barack Obama on a tour of Robben Island, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation said on Saturday.

"Ahmed Kathrada was requested to and has agreed to accompany President Barack Obama and the US first lady tomorrow [Sunday] on their visit to Robben Island," the organisation said in a statement.

"Ever since his release from prison, Mr Kathrada has been invited to accompany official delegations, groups and prominent personalities to the island. These range from heads of states, pop stars, business people, NGO’s and politicians."

Kathrada, 84, served an 18-year-prison sentence on Robben Island after he was handed down a life sentence together with fellow anti-apartheid activists such as former president Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Raymond Mhlaba and Andrew Mlangeni, among others.

  • Jeremiah Bonginkosi Ntshangase - 2013-06-30 03:33

    I think the US president should also schedule his trip to Gugulethu to witness the condition people are living in since the our first free election in 1994...

  • WildCatSal - 2013-06-30 05:02

    With the 1st 5 comments, you sound like slap-gats and losers. With an attitude like this, you're heading on a "fast track to know where" enjoy the bumping ride..

  • Philip Condor - 2013-06-30 06:58

    I supose one of these days people will go and tour through the hospital where the bed is that mandela laid, cause the bed and hospital was made by the apartheid regime.

  • Colin Fryer - 2013-06-30 09:32

    Much of the politcal will, influence & sway if you like is to do with symbolism. Obama & family are simply the symbolic reference point of the American people right now & as such should be gifted with a traditional African welcome allowing for the free flow of the underlying matters both commercial, social & strategic to materialise. His visit to Robben Island ( RI ) is all about respect of the RI sybolism of one tribe oppressing another and when taken into todays reality, Obama is very much aware of the American oppression of others.

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