'Comrade Kathrada was incorruptible, would never do something behind your back'

African National Congress (ANC) and struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada is receiving an official funeral led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Westpark Cemetery in Johannesburg.

Speaking on behalf of the ANC, secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, described Kathrada as "hero, veteran, revolutionary".

Mantashe said Kathrada loved freedom for others more than he did for himself.

Kathy possessed a rare combination; wisdom and humility in one.

Gwede Mantashe, ANC secretary general

He was incorruptible, not only in his politics but also in his personal life.

Gwede Mantashe, ANC secretary general

He was a man you knew could never let you down and never do something behind your back, and never deceive you. You always knew where you stood with him.

Gwede Mantashe, ANC secretary general

Sometimes his words were harsh and harmful but were never dishonest.

Gwede Mantashe, ANC secretary general

The veteran died aged 86 on Tuesday morning.

Watch his funeral and memorial service below...


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