Kathrada is alive and still in hospital – foundation

2017-03-18 16:07
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 – The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has quashed rumours that the ANC struggle stalwart has died.

Foundation director, Neeshan Balton, said Kathrada’s condition remained unchanged and he was still in a Johannesburg hospital.

“We condemn these rumours and request the public to refrain from reposting or spreading fake news or any updates that cannot be verified.

“We reiterate our commitment to providing regular and accurate updates about Mr Kathrada’s condition both to the media and the public.”

Balton encouraged people to follow the foundation’s social media accounts, where updates on Kathrada’s condition are regularly posted.

“Our Twitter handle is @KathradaFound. Updates posted via this account can be considered official,” Balton said.

He also thanked the public for the various initiatives that have been organised to wish Kathrada well.

“We are deeply grateful for the immense support from the public. We are thankful for the various prayer meetings, vigils and messages of support that continue pouring in. The support from both within South Africa and abroad are a reminder of how Kathrada has, and continues to, inspire so many,” said Balton.

The foundation said on Wednesday that Kathrada’s recovery from his operation has been “slower than hoped for".

Kathrada was hospitalised on March 4 for surgery related to blood clotting on the brain.

Balton said in Wednesday's statement that Kathrada had "experienced several health-related setbacks making the prognosis of his illness unpredictable".  

The 87-year-old had initially been admitted to hospital for dehydration, but doctors later picked up the clot, which was removed.

Kathrada is one of three Rivonia trialists still alive today - the other two being Andrew Mlangeni and Denis Goldberg.

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