FIRST ON EWN: Kathrada remains positive about SA’s future

Ahmed Kathrada says certain things will have to change in order to realise Madiba's dream for SA.

FILE: Former political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - One of Nelson Mandela's closest friends Ahmed Kathrada says he remains positive about South Africa's future.

However, Kathrada says certain things will have to change in order to realise the dream that Madiba and other struggle stalwarts had for the country.

Kathrada spent almost three decades in jail with the late statesman.

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The African National Congress stalwart says that he is proud of the progress that has been made in South Africa over the last 22 years.

"Twenty years in the life of a nation is not much and one can't expect everything that one wants. One has to has to learn to accept that."

Kathrada says poverty and corruption remain the biggest challenges to our country.

He says that these have to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

"We can never be satisfied; we can look at the progress in 20 years, but we must also look ahead at the mountains we still have to climb."

Kathrada also says a lot more should be done by civil society organisations to resolve race relations in the country.

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