2017/03/29 Gopolang Leepile
Gauteng Premier David Makhura joined thousands of South Africans to bid farewell to struggle stalwart and nation’s hero, Ahmed Kathrada, at the Westpark Cemetery in Johannesburg.
The struggle stalwart passed on in the early hours of Monday, 28 March, at the Donald Gordon Hospital in Johannesburg, after a short illness, which led to a brain surgery to remove a blood clot earlier this month.
Premier Makhura said Kathrada was part of that special generation of South Africans who devoted their lives faithfully and solely minded to one mission of freedom in their lifetime.
“Uncle Kathy is a true revolutionary who lived a life underpinned by compassions, humility, a sense of justice and equality, as well as respect for human dignity,” Premier Makhura said.
Fellow Robbin Island inmate and former Deputy President, Kgalema Motlante said Kathrada opened the South African people’s eyes during his lifetime, from the struggle and oppression they were facing.
“In his subversive set of opening our eyes, (Ahmed Kathrada) he made us believe in our inherent abilities to create a totally new socially tact reality,” Motlante said.
The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande said Kathrada was incorruptible in both his personal and political life.
“I want to appeal to the remaining veterans that they have a responsibility to guide us,” he said.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Mama Winnie Mandela, Former President Thabo Mbeki, Minister of Finance Pravin Gordon, as well as Minister Angie Motshekga, were among the leaders who attended the funeral.
Kathrada’s graveside was next to the struggle icon and former stalwart, Reginald September.
Finally, Premier Makhura thanked the stalwarts for their huge contribution in the struggle for liberation and urged them to continue speaking out on issues that does not resonate with their vision of the freedom charter.
“Rest in Peace Uncle Kathy, the struggle continues,” Premier Makhura concluded.