FILE PHOTO: Ahmed Kathrada, close friend of former South African President Nelson Mandela, speaks during Mandela's funeral ceremony in Qunu December 15, 2013. REUTERS/Odd Andersen/Pool/File Photo
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Celebrated South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, a Robben Island prisoner and one of Nelson Mandela's closest colleagues in the struggle against white rule, died early Tuesday aged 87 .Kathrada was among those tried and jailed alongside Mandela in the Rivonia trial in 1964, which drew worldwide attention and highlighted the brutal legal system under the apartheid regime.Kathrada spent 26 years and three months in prison, 18 of which were on Robben Island.The ANC was banned in 1960, and two years later Kathrada was placed under "house arrest".Fellow Robben Island prisoner Laloo "Isu" Chiba said Kathrada was a moral figurehead of the anti-apartheid movement.While in prison, Kathrada obtained four university degrees.
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