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Posted January 22, 2009
From Ahmed Kathrada's lifelong involvement in the thick of South Africa political activism and his 26 years in prison in the notorious Robben Island and Pollsmoor prisons for political prisoners, he became the fellow activist with and confidant of Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, and other historic figures in the struggle against that country's apartheid. And with them, Kathrada played a leading, though for the most part less visible, role in developing a post-apartheid South African political and social system. Though apartheid was abandoned years ago, the full story of the struggle against it is just now beginning to emerge, as the leaders of this struggle are finding the time to write their memoirs in their later years after moving out of the political arena and giving way to the succeeding generation of leaders. Kathrada sees his own 'Memoirs' as a 'modest addition to the growing and most welcome body of work that is emerging about a particularly significant period in South Africa's recent history.' Kathrada's modesty kept him from moving into the political, governing, arena as visibly as others, notably Nelson Mandela. But it's clear from this modestly-written 'Memoirs' that Kathrada was a major figure in bringing apartheid to an end and setting South Africa on a new course.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.