Known as the Order of Civil Merit at the rank of Knight Commander, the award is one of the highest honours given by His Majesty the King to Spanish nationals or foreign citizens deemed to have made an extraordinary contribution.
In a statement, Zuma said: “Mr Ebrahim has been is honoured for his contribution to the South African struggle and for strengthening South African-Spanish relations.
“His Majesty the King of Spain has given this honour to a highly deserving freedom fighter who sacrificed a lot for freedom, peace, justice and human rights. We congratulate Mr Ebrahim for this rare
honour which he has described correctly as an honour for all the people of South Africa who made history by putting the past behind them to build a new society together,” said Zuma.