Gauteng News

Tributes pour in for struggle stalwart, Ahmed Kathrada


2017/03/28 Gopolang Leepile

​The Nelson Mandela Foundation along with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation held a memorial service for the struggle hero, Ahmed Kathrada who passed on in the early hours of Tuesday, 28 March 2017

​The Nelson Mandela Foundation along with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation held a memorial service for the struggle hero, Ahmed Kathrada who passed on in the early hours of Tuesday, 28 March 2017, at the Donald Gordon Hospital, Johannesburg.

Kathrada died at the age of 89.  He dedicated all of his life to the struggle against racism and oppression.  He died after a short illness, which saw him going under surgery relating to a blood clot on the brain earlier this month. 
Nelson Mandela’s lawyer and struggle hero, George Bizos, whose eyes were teary because of the loss but his face filled with a smile while reminiscing about Kathrada’s life, said Kathrada always stood by Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu during the struggle days.

Bizos described Kathrada as “a very brave man”, who “had a very great sense of humour”.Gauteng Premier David Makhura said: “Uncle Kathy”, as he was fondly known, was dedicated to the struggle against apartheid and the building of a democratic South Africa until his very last breath.
“Uncle Kathy had lived a life of dedication to fellow human beings.  He served the ANC and the country with humility and always led with dignity. His values will always inform the work we do for the people,” he said.
MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi said: “This is a very sad day for the country at large and for the people all over the world. Kathy was an international figure and he got messages from all over the world. People are shocked and saddened by his death.”

MEC for e-Governance and Treasury, Barbara Creecy said: “We have lost a great leader, a very significant role model who dedicated his entire life to the struggle for non-racialism.” 
The funeral will be held at the Westpark Cemetery, Beyers Naude Drive, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday, 29 March at 10am
His family said Uncle Kathy had wished not to be put on life support at the time he was hospitalised. He also asked to have a ritual Muslim funeral, which will happen at the burial site at 11:30.