Struggle stalwarts, family and friends of African National Congress (ANC) veteran Ahmed Kathrada have shared memories of him at a gathering at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton on Tuesday.
Speaking to media, those who knew him fondly as Kathy or Uncle Kathy described him as silent leader, and gentle giant who had always placed others before himself.
Kathrada passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the Donald Gordon Medical Centre at the age of 87, surrounded by loved ones.
#AhmedKathrada Zenani Mandela cries as she describes her relationship with Uncle Kathy - saying he was like her other father.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) March 28, 2017
#AhmedKathrada Sophie de Bruyn describe the stalwart as someone who upheld values of kindness, integrity,and hard work. ZN— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) March 28, 2017
#AhmedKathrada de Bruyn:Kathy was a person who loved young people.They are facing a difficult time.The country is going through tough time— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) March 28, 2017
#AhmedKathrada Dadoo: It must've been hard for him to fight so hard & then see people he thought were comrades make poor decisions— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) March 28, 2017
Eyewitness News reporter Ziyanda Ngcobo says a political tribute will be directed by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe before funeral proceedings at the West Park cemetery in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
Ngcobo has also provided clarity over rumors that President Jacob Zuma will not be allowed to attend the funeral.
We have spoken to Nishaan Bolton who is the CEO of the foundation and they have disputed the rumors and the claims that the President was not allowed to attend tomorrow's proceedings.— Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter
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