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Ahmed Kathrada celebrates 85th birthday

Ahmed Kathrada has been praised as a selfless leader and an inspiration to South Africans.

Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada has been praised as a selfless leader and an inspiration to South Africans. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada has been praised as a selfless leader and an inspiration to South Africans.

Birthday celebrations continued last night in Johannesburg to mark Kathrada's 85th birthday.

Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor described the former political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist as someone who has never been arrogant.

"Never been a person demanding more that he should, yet he could have demanded so much more, given who he is."

Former minister Trevor Manuel says it's important for everyone to learn from Kathrada because he leads by example.

Last night his foundation continued to celebrate his 85th birthday.

The foundation raised funds for various youth programmes which will be conducted through his NGO.

Manuel thanked Kathrada for his contributions to society and continuous efforts in aspiring for a better South Africa.

"I think the part of this evening is to say thank you for the life and contribution which is ongoing, part of his commitment to invest in successive generations in the struggle for none racialism, none sexism and for continuity of activism."

The foundation also held its annual golf day last night.