- Swaminathan Gounden received the high honour for his anti-apartheid role
- He was a political organiser in the 1946 Passive Resistance Campaign
- He was also put under solitary confinement in 1964
Struggle stalwart Swaminathan Gounden received the Order of Luthuli in Silver recently for his anti-apartheid activism.
President Cyril Ramaphosa conferred one of the highest honours in South Africa on Gounden at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on Saturday.
The Order also recognises the 90-year-old's contribution towards building a united and nonracial society in South Africa.
According to risingsunoverport.co.za, Gounden joined the Communist Party of South Africa in 1944. He later became active in the Natal Indian Congress and the African National Congress.
Gonden also played a key role in the 1946 Passive Resistance Campaign and 1952 Defiance Campaign as a political organiser, Briefly.co.za learned.
In 1955, he was a delegate at the Congress of the People in Kliptown that adopted the Freedom Charter.
The apartheid regime put him under solitary confinement in 1964. However, this did not stop his anti-apartheid activism, which continued well into the 1980s.
Gounden defied the apartheid regime and attended the launch of the United Democratic Front in Cape Town in 1983.
At 90 years old, he still remains active in community structures and has co-authored several articles and books on trade unionism.
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