On June 12, 1964, he and seven others, including Nelson Mandela, were sentenced to life in prison in the infamous Rivonia Trial.
Then released from a Johannesburg prison in 1989, after spending 26 years in prison.
He died in the early hours of Tuesday morning 28 March 2017. He was 87.
“… one thinks of his legacy and tries to reach out to as many people as possible, particularly to the young … take full advantage of what was closed to you before. But remember freedom did not fall from heaven; with it comes responsibility.” - Ahmed M. Kathrada (His advice on the eve of the second anniversary of Madiba’s passing)