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Johannesburg, Dec 7 : Indian-origin Ibrahim Ismail Ibrahim, a symbol of anti-apartheid protest, has died. He was 84 years old. South Africa’s ruling party ‘African National Congress’ (ANC) gave this information.
The ANC said in a statement that Ibrahim died at home on Monday after a prolonged illness.
In a statement shared on Twitter, the party said, “ANC has come to know about the demise of Ibrahim Ismail Ibrahim. We extend our condolences to his wife, children, family, friends. Com AB, a long-time member of the ANC, a patriot who served his country with humility, dedication and excellence.
Ibrahim was also called Comrade AB.
Ibrahim spent several years in prison on Robben Island as a political prisoner along with Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada. Ibrahim became part of the liberation struggle at the age of 13, after his father was arrested twice for violating laws prohibiting the movement of Indians in South Africa.
He often mentioned how he was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s style of satyagraha, which he used while representing the ANC in situations of global conflict in Sri Lanka, Palestine, Rwanda, Kosovo, Bolivia and Nepal.
The ‘Congress of Business and Economics’ (a branch of the erstwhile Transvaal Indian Congress) honored Ibrahim with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2018.
Ibrahim is survived by his wife Shannon and two children. Shannon is a well-known foreign news writer for the Independent Media group.