Surinarayan Venkatrathnam, a peace activist, writer and former political prisoner at Robben Island in South Africa, died this morning.
According to reports, Venkatrathnam, 84, passed away in the early hours of the morning, after falling ill.
Relatives told IOL News that he was rushed from his home to a local hospital in Durban, shortly after 02:30.
Venkatrathnam, who was imprisoned with apartheid activist who includes Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada, was a teacher in Durban, before being dismissed from his job in 1963 for protesting discrimination against Asians in the educational system.
He was banned until 1970 but was soon re-arrested under the Terrorism Act after being accused of sending people to get military training overseas.
Venkatrathnam was sentenced to two concurrent six-year terms on Robben Island, before being released in 1978.
During his time in prison, he wrote a book titled Shakespeare’s Bible, that became acknowledged worldwide.
He is remembered for his contribution of fighting against injustice during the dark days of apartheid.
Details of his funeral service have not been announced at this stage.