Tag: ahmed kathrada
South Africa's first Anti-Racism Week starts on 14 March and ends on Human Rights Day, 21 March. It comes from various civil society organisations, with the aim of uniting South Africans and celebrating our commonalities. We look back on inspiring leaders, and what they have said about unity.
Ahead of Anti-Racism Week, starting on 14 March, struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada reflects on the reasons South Africa should come out in support of the initiative. He said the movement was not only needed, but also long overdue.
Four prominent South Africans have lent their support to the UNHCR's I Belong Campaign to end statelessness within a decade. Without a state, a person has no identity, and is denied access to basic human rights – even a death certificate – and is more vulnerable to human trafficking and persecution.
The Gauteng Department of Education has, as part of its Mandela Day activities, launched a province-wide book donation drive to collect works on SA's liberation struggle to stock libraries at underprivileged schools.
Fifty years ago Nelson Mandela began serving a life sentence for sabotage and treason on Robben Island. His time in prison, he said, "matured me", taking him from radical activist, to stately leader.
We have achieved a lot over the last 20 years, the anti-apartheid veteran says, but the most important thing is that we have gained our dignity. "You can have all the wealth in the world, but if you have no dignity, you have nothing."