Mandela, Motlanthe, Randera remember 'Uncle Kathy' an activist 'til the end

Tributes are pouring in for one of South Africa's struggle stalwarts, Ahmed Kathrada. Kathrada died at the Donald Gordon Medical Centre on Tuesday when his health deteriorated after he contracted pneumonia after undergoing brain surgery to remove a blood clot.

Former President and Robben Island prisoner, Kgalema Motlanthe, recalls that Kathrada served as a librarian when they were in prison during apartheid.

Motlanthe says Kathrada was a forthright and honest person who also understood the right of others to hold a different view.

It's sad that we lose such a giant of the struggle for liberation in South Africa, a morally forthright person who always expressed his honest view on any matter on the discussion.

Kgalema Motlanthe, former President

Dr Fazel Randera, the struggle doctor who saved lives during apartheid, sends his condolences to Kathrada's wife, Barbara Hogan and family.

My last recollection of uncle Kathy was when we had one of the early meetings of stalwarts and veterans.... Throughout that meeting he sat quietly and listened. Although we knew he was a giant among us, he didn't feel that he needed to speak, but his presence to us was an important event that morning.

Dr Fazel Randera, struggle doctor

An activist right to the end. We have lost a great person. South Africa has been blessed by dignified and nobble leaders. Uncle Kathy was one of those, and may are passing on quite sadly.

Dr Fazel Randera, struggle doctor

Listen to Chief Mandla Mandela below remember fondly how Kathrada teased him as a child...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada dies

Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada dies

The Kathrada Foundation has confirmed that Kathrada died at the Donald Gordon Hospital on Tuesday morning.

[WATCH] Ahmed Kathrada dies at the age of 87

[WATCH] Ahmed Kathrada dies at the age of 87

Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada has passed away at the age of 87. EWN looks at his life, his struggle and his sacrifices.

Struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada dies at 87

Struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada dies at 87

The Kathrada Foundation confirmed his death on Tuesday morning.

Ahmed Kathrada's health condition deteriorates

Ahmed Kathrada's health condition deteriorates

Kathrada is said to have contracted pneumonia in both lungs after her was hospitalised earlier this month for surgery related to blood clotting on the brain.

Kathrada honoured in inter-faith prayer meeting

Kathrada honoured in inter-faith prayer meeting

The event was held at Lileasleaf Farm, where Rivonia Trialists were arrested.

Kathrada Foundation: Create a safe space for South Africans to talk about race

Kathrada Foundation: Create a safe space for South Africans to talk about race

Public dialogue and activities were organised to fight racism but race talks need to continue after campaign ends says Foundation.

Kathrada foundation condemns death rumours

Kathrada foundation condemns death rumours

The foundation says Kathrada’s condition remains unchanged and he is still in hospital.

South Africa wishes struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada a speedy recovery

South Africa wishes struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada a speedy recovery

South Africa continue to keep Ahmed Kathrada in their thoughts as he recovers from minor brain surgery.

[OPINION] We want people to share how they've challenged racism - Derek Hanekom

[OPINION] We want people to share how they've challenged racism - Derek Hanekom

It is the least we can do so that our children will one day know that we were a generation that cared says Hanekom. #TakeOnRacism

Confrontations between Somalis and locals, police fire rubber bullets

Confrontations between Somalis and locals, police fire rubber bullets

The #ForeignerMarch has turned violent. Police had to use stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

South Africa manifests covert racism - Judge Albie Sachs

South Africa manifests covert racism - Judge Albie Sachs

Sachs was speaking at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) hearing on racism and social media.

Popular articles
Kilometres of boiler tube leaks 'are biting us big time' says Eskom COO

Kilometres of boiler tube leaks 'are biting us big time' says Eskom COO

Eskom's Jan Oberholzer says it has discovered boiler tube leaks which continue for kilometres and is working to repair this.

I come from having very little, to having a lot - Craig Gradidge

I come from having very little, to having a lot - Craig Gradidge

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Gradidge about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

'The next Steinhoff is around the corner!'

'The next Steinhoff is around the corner!'

The Steinhoff-debacle happened while the world praised SA for its auditing standards. Bruce Whitfield interviews Dr Steven Firer.

Load shedding will be resolved permanently in a few weeks - Fikile Mbalula

Load shedding will be resolved permanently in a few weeks - Fikile Mbalula

ANC head of elections, Fikile Mbalula says the president is hard at work to resolve Eskom's problems.