FIRST ON EWN: Kathrada urges youth to use legal avenues to air grievances

The struggle veteran appealed to the youth to use the institutions that struggle stalwarts fought for.

FILE: Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada visits Wits University on 22 October 2015, in solidarity with protesting students. Picture: Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.

JOHANNESBURG - As the country celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela, today his friend and struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada has called on young people to use legal avenues to make their voices heard.

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

He's appealed to the youth to use the institutions that struggle stalwarts fought for to effect real change.

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The anti-apartheid stalwart says he understands the frustrations of the nation's youth.

But he's appealed to them to stop destroying books and paintings.

Instead, he wants them to use institutions like the Constitutional Court and Public Protector to air their grievances.

"These are avenues one can turn to when things are going wrong and one wishes that they take advantage of those instead of having to resort to other means - violent means."

Kathrada believes those who label Mandela a sell-out, simply do not understand the historical context of the 1994 transition.

"They think that the De Klerk government was so weak that they would just cave in."

Kathrada says the Constitution needs to evolve, but that it is a complicated and slow process.

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