Stalwarts urge SA to promote non-racialism

Ahmed Kathrada and Laloo Chiba have urged South Africans to promote Mandela ideals of non-racialism.

FILE: Former prison mates and struggle icons Ahmed Kathrada and Laloo Chiba. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As the country marks 25 years since the release of former president Nelson Mandela from prison, anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada says the recent racism reported in the media must stop.

Together with struggle stalwart Laloo Chiba, the former Robben Island prisoner says South Africans must use today to renew the fight against racism, following a number of reports of xenophobic and racist attacks.

Kathrada spent 26 years in jail for his fight against racial oppression together with Mandela, who served 27 years.

Spokesperson for the Ahmed Kathrada foundation Zaakirah Vadi says South Africans must celebrate today by staying true to the ideals Madiba fought for.

"Both Kathrada and Laloo Chiba emphasised that the key to addressing racism is molding the lives of young people so that they can become agents of non-racialism.

"And given an example of Ahmed Kathrada foundation youth leadership programme, where young people are developed to become leaders and become agents of non-racialism."