We should mourn, but also celebrate the life of a great patriot - Essop Pahad

2017-03-28 14:16
Ahmed Kathrada (GCIS)

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Essop Pahad encourages celebration of Kathrada's life

2017-03-28 13:02

Fond memories of Ahmed Kathrada were shared by former Minister in the Presidency outside the Kathrada home in Killarney. WATCH

Johannesburg - Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada's wife Barbara Hogan, has a strong personality and was taking his passing well, former minister in the presidency Essop Pasad said on Tuesday. 

"She became strong willed when she was in prison for many years. She is taking it well. I think everybody is taking it well. We were expecting it and obviously it is an exceptionally sad occasion," Pasad told reporters outside Kathrada's home in Killarney, Johannesburg. 

"For me we should mourn, but we should [but also] celebrate the life of a great patriot."

Kathrada died in the early hours of Tuesday morning. 

He earlier underwent surgery relating to a blood clot but experienced several post-operative complications and contracted pneumonia in both lungs.

Pahad said one of his fondest memories of Kathrada was when he refused to be called "Uncle Kathy" - as he is affectionately known. 

"There was a meeting at my parents flat, my mother said... do you want tea or coffee, and I open[ed] the door and I said 'Uncle Kathy', and [during] the whole meeting he couldn't stop laughing  and he came out and said 'don't call me Uncle Kathy anymore - so from the age of 16, I had to stop calling him Uncle Kathy - I had to call him Kathy or Comrade Kathy," Pahad said.  

Kathrada will be buried at the Westpark Cemetery on Wednesday in accordance with Muslim funeral rituals, his foundation said.

The funeral will begin around 10:00 and include a tribute from former president and the foundation's board member, Kgalema Motlanthe, the foundation said in a statement on Tuesday.

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