WATCH: Kathrada not on life support - Foundation

2017-03-16 16:16
Fellow former Robben Island inmate Laloo Chiba visited struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada in hospital. (Supplied, Ahmed Kathrada Foundation)

Fellow former Robben Island inmate Laloo Chiba visited struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada in hospital. (Supplied, Ahmed Kathrada Foundation)

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Johannesburg - ANC stalwart Ahmed Kathrada is not on life support as reported on social media, Ahmed Kathrada Foundation spokesperson Neeshen Balton said on Thursday.

Greeting guests attending the Ahmed Kathrada Lecture delivered by Professor Achille Mbembe, Balton said: "Contrary to a lot of social media, he is not in a critical state, he is not on a life support system. All of his organs are functioning. He is being kept in a sedated condition."

Balton apologised on behalf of Kathrada, saying he would have liked to attend the function, but "due to unforeseen circumstances, he couldn't be here".

The 87-year-old, who has been an activist since the age of 12, has been in hospital for some time now.

"He is kept in a sedated state and is not communicating at the moment. We are not able to allow visitors at this time, simply because this kind of operation cannot withstand any infection, we have had to decline minister and mayors [from] coming," Balton said.

He thanked the Presidency, the ANC, the EFF, and the tens of thousands who had been wishing Kathrada well.

"We take a lot of strength from that."

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