20 June 2012

Kathy - Ahmed Kathrada's Exhibition on show for NAF

By: Zongezile Matshoba

At long last, Ahmed Kathrada, 83, the stalwart himself, is coming to the National Arts Festival. Kathy – The Man behind the Public Figure is an outstanding exhibition that celebrates Kathrada’s release from Robben Island in 1989 where many political prisoners were incarcerated for years. Kathrada, a staunch member of the African National Congress, was one of the Rivonia trialists that included Nelson Mandela who came out of prison to be the first black State President of South Africa. He then served in the national government as President Mandela’s Parliamentary Counsellor.

The exhibition is a personal insight into Kathrada as an ordinary person, his lifestyle, his letters from Robben Island, and much, much more about his comrades.   

Kathrada will also do a walkabout of the exhibition, as well as taking part in the Think!Fest programme, presenting the ANC centenary on June 29. Many notable guests from the political and academic circles are expected to be part of the official opening, the walkabout and the Think!Fest.

The exhibition has been developed by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. It will be at Albany Observatory Museum for the duration of the festival. It will then move to Albany History Museum for next few months.  

For more on Kathrada, read his biography.

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