Ahmed Kathrada ‘still a moral compass for South Africans’ as he turns 87

Kathrada is one of the Rivonia trialists who were sentenced to life imprisonment by the apartheid government.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation says their founder still remains a moral compass for South Africans as the struggle stalwart celebrates his 87th birthday today.

Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada was born on this day in 1929.

Kathrada is one of the Rivonia trialists who, alongside former President Nelson Mandela, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the apartheid government.

With the ushering in of democracy in 1994, the African National Congress veteran served as Madiba's parliamentary councillor and created the foundation which focusses on "deepening non-racialism".

The foundation's Zaakirah Vadi says the social justice activist is showing no sign of slowing down.

"I think he's has always been an advocate of education, he's been to numerous schools and universities to talk about the importance of education. Especially the struggle of young black students when it comes to education and the possibility of free education."

Happy B'day handsome Uncle Kathy- the original G! Words not enough 2 express the loveβ€οΈπŸ™ #kathrada87 @KathradaFound pic.twitter.com/71OJ1aYrMC

@KathradaFound A very Happy Birthday to #AhmedKathrada. πŸ’–πŸŽ‚πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ. pic.twitter.com/elGEptkHpu

Umkhonto. You have striked me deep. Long may your legacy continue. #kathrada87 @KathradaFound pic.twitter.com/Nu9tklI30K

Thanks @tashascafe @VandAWaterfront for the yummy birthday cake for #AhmedKathrada on his 87th bday! @KathradaFound pic.twitter.com/vw3KF6DqBY

@KathradaFound Please give my love to uncle Kathy.Thank him for lighting up our lives. Happy Birthday; He is still 1 of my favourite people☺

@KathradaFound @KalnishaSingh @AKF_YLP Happy BIRTHDAY Ahmed. You played big role by fighting apartheid so we can live a good life today πŸŽ‚πŸ§

Happy birthday Uncle Kathy - you remain a living inspiration to us all @KathradaFound from @SAMNET786 @YasieraS @mmdarsot @csn7861