For Com­rade Kathrada

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Afzal Moolla Gaut­eng

you stood tall. shoul­der to shoul­der with your op­pressed com­pa­tri­ots blud­geoned by the jack­boot of apartheid South Africa.

you stood tall. shoul­der to shoul­der with your fel­low in­terned com­rades on that des­o­late rock, Robben Is­land.

you stood tall. shoul­der to shoul­der with those who yearned for free­dom, for the com­mon de­cency of be­ing treated as hu­man be­ings.

you stood tall. your prin­ci­ples of non­ra­cial­ism stead­fast as your com­mit­ment to the free­dom and democ­racy you and your com­rades ded­i­cated your en­tire lives to achieve.

you stood tall. in the face of the bru­tal­ity of the apartheid state, as they tried to break spir­its that could not be shaken.

you stood tall. for 26 long years, along­side your com­rades Nel­son Man­dela, Wal­ter Sisulu, Go­van Mbeki, An­drew Mlangeni, De­nis Gold­berg, Elias Mot­soaledi, Ray­mond Mh­laba.

you stood tall. in­spir­ing a gen­er­a­tion to con­tinue the strug­gle against apartheid tyranny, your ex­am­ple burned bright in the hearts of those who yearned for, and fought for, the free­dom of South Africa.

you stood tall, com­rade Ahmed Kathrada. you stood tall, un­cle Kathy. you stood tall. and you shall stand tall. you shall stand tall. for those of us you leave be­hind. you shall al­ways stand tall for those yet to come.

you shall al­ways stand tall.

Hamba kahle! Amandla! The strug­gle con­tin­ues!

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