Ahmed Kathrada's health condition deteriorates

JOHANNESBURG – Anti-apartheid struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada’s condition has deteriorated in the last 24 hours.

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation confirmed this in a statement, saying that the veteran had “experienced several post-operation complications, rendering his condition serious”.

Kathrada was hospitalised in Johannesburg earlier this month for surgery related to blood clotting on the brain.

The Foundation’s Director Neeshan Balton said: “Kathrada has contracted pneumonia, which has affected both his lungs. Despite appropriate medical care, his condition is deteriorating. He is currently comfortable.”

The foundation says it will keep the public informed.

GALLERY: SA prays for Ahmed Kathrada

Balton says South Africans may follow news on the struggle icon’s condition on the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s Twitter handle: @KathradaFound.

He has also invited members of the public to post messages of support on the foundation’s Facebook page, or by e-mailing info@kathradafoundation.org.

Balton says cards bearing messages of support or flowers may be my delivered to the foundation’s offices.

“All of the messages that we have received will be collated and passed on to the family. We continue asking for your prayers during this period, both for Mr Kathrada and his family and friends.”

Kathrada is one of three Rivonia Trialists who are still alive today.

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