Tributes pour in for Ahmed Kathrada

Former president Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela remembers Ahmed Kathrada as a giant in South Africa. Video: eNCA
Struggle veteran and human rights lawyer George Bizos pays tribute to his friend Ahmed Kathrada, following his death on 28 March 2017. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - South Africans woke up to the sad news of struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada's passing

The ANC stalwart's foundation tweeted that he died on Tuesday morning.

Fondly known to South Africans as Uncle Kathy, Kathrada was admitted to hospital with a clot on the brain in early March and his condition worsened on Monday evening.

Several South Africans took to Twitter to express their sadness.

Kathrada, 87, underwent surgery at a Johannesburg hospital to remove a clot on his brain. Since then, he has experienced several post-operation complications.

“Kathrada has contracted pneumonia, which has affected both his lungs,” Ahmed Kathrada Foundation director Neeshan Balton said.

“Despite appropriate medical care, his condition is deteriorating,” Balton added.

Kathrada was one of the last three of the Rivonia trialists still alive following Nelson Mandela’s death in 2013.

The last two living Rivonia trialists are Andrew Mlangeni and Denis Goldberg. 



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