Tutu: SA looked up to Kathrada as a 'favourite grandparent'

2017-03-28 08:33
Desmond Tutu (Picture: AFP)

Desmond Tutu (Picture: AFP)

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2017-03-28 07:12

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has confirmed that 87-year-old stalwart Ahmed Kathrada died in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the Donald Gordon Hospital in Johannesburg.WATCH

Cape Town - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has described his late friend Ahmed Kathrada as a person of the highest integrity who was a blessing for all South Africans.

In a heartfelt tribute to Kathrada, who died in Johannesburg in the early hours of Tuesday, Tutu wrote: ''When the gates of apartheid's political prisons swung open in 1989/1990 the quality of the human beings who emerged was an extraordinary blessing for all South Africans."

''These were people of the highest integrity and moral fibre who, through their humility and humanity, inspired our collective self-worth – and the world's confidence in us.

''Ahmed Kathrada was one of those leaders. A man of remarkable gentleness, modesty – and steadfastness – he once wrote to the president to argue that he did not deem himself important enough to be awarded a high honour.''

Tutu said Kathrada was a leader who embraced the simple life and supported righteous causes in the country and abroad.

His loyalty to the African National Congress included also criticising the party.

''The struggle denied Ahmed Kathrada the opportunity to have children of his own; he was first imprisoned at the age of 17. But many South Africans looked up to him as a favourite grandparent.

''Leah and I extend our deepest condolences to all who loved and were loved by Ahmed Kathrada. God bless you all.

''May Ahmed rest in peace and rise in glory. May he rejoice in many heavenly cups of hot chocolate with his old friends and comrades, Mandela, Sisulu, Mbeki, Motsoaledi and Mahlaba, among them.''

''Long may the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation fertilise and grow this great soul's legacy of non-racial justice.''

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