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)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.


Read more on:    ahmed kathrada

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
 

How to open a beer bottle without an opener

Do the right thing and never be thirsty again…

 
 

You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…
WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.