Veteran South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who was sentenced to life imprisonment alongside Nelson Mandela and went on to be an open critic of President Jacob Zuma, died on Tuesday aged 87. Kathrada died after suffering a “short period of illness,” according to a statement from the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. He was hospitalized earlier in March to receive treatment for blood clotting in his brain.
He was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday‚ March 4‚ initially for dehydration but doctors later picked up a clot on his brain‚ which was subsequently removed.