Round-Up: Tributes honouring Ahmed Kathrada

2017-03-28 13:00

Tributes honouring iconic struggle veteran and Rivonia trialist Ahmed Kathrada, 87, have continued to pour in after the political giant passed away following complications from recent surgery.


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28 Mar 21:25

Kathrada as important as Madiba – former Robben Islander

Former Robben Island prisoner and Robben Island Museum council member Luyanda Mpahlwa described the death of struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada as a "dark hour" for South Africa."

He was as important as Madiba. We regard his death with the same gravity as that of Nelson Mandela," Mpahlwa said.

"It’s a dark hour for our country, as we mourn his passing noting the influence he has had on Robben Island itself, but also the role that he played towards achieving freedom, democracy and peace in South Africa."

28 Mar 20:17

Gentle giant Kathrada remembered in emotional tribute ceremony

The daughter of former president Nelson Mandela, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, wept as she read a moving tribute to struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada who died early on Tuesday.

Taking the podium at a commemoration ceremony at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Mandela-Dlamini sobbed as she remembered her "best friend and confidant".

He mother Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was expected to speak, but she was too emotional.  

Mandela-Dlamini described Kathrada as a diligent, reliable and committed man, who the Mandela family held in high regard.

"He was my other father… Ever gentle… But undoubtedly powerful. Let us speak the truth today, uncle Kathy is the last of his generation of many men and women who fought so badly for the liberation of our country and still managed to practice what they preach and walk the talk, which is no easy task today."

28 Mar 19:46

Honour Kathrada by confronting ANC's challenges - Mbeki

Former president Thabo Mbeki says he will honour the memory of struggle hero Ahmed Kathrada by confronting the challenges facing the country and the ANC.

Speaking to the media at the Thabo Mbeki Foundation offices, he said Kathrada was correct in confronting the ANC on its shortcomings.

He said he thought Kathrada was "correct" in wanting to achieve engagement with the ANC over the issue of the national consultative conference.

28 Mar 18:48

Kathrada taught younger generation to respect all - KZN ANC chair

ANC veteran Ahmed Kathrada taught the younger generation to respect people, irrespective of their standing in society, KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson Sihle Zikalala said on Tuesday.

They had learnt much from him and former president Nelson Mandela, and their task was to follow in their footsteps and help realise a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, and prosperous society, he told journalists in Durban.

The death of the anti-apartheid and human rights activist had robbed the country of a true revolutionary, the SA National Civic Organisation said on Tuesday.

28 Mar 16:36

Kathrada's death marks end of a generation - Manuel

Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada took responsibility in the struggle, not for positions, but to help others, former finance minister Trevor Manuel said on Tuesday.

"In mourning his passing, I think we mourn the coming to an end of that generation," Manuel said outside Kathrada's home in Killarney, Johannesburg

.Manuel said Kathrada had died with the same resilience and dignity with which he had lived. The ANC veteran had treated everybody with dignity and strength.

28 Mar 16:23

Kathrada was 'so wicked and so wonderful' - Ramaphosa

Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada's sense of humor was wicked and wonderful, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters outside Kathrada's home in Killarney, Johannesburg, Ramaphosa said there was a side to Kathrada that many might not have known.

"My fond memory of Uncle Kathy is that he was so wicked and so wonderful," Ramaphosa said. "His popularity amongst celebrities, particularly movie stars was the type that would make many men envious," he said. 

Ramaphosa said Kathrada always managed to surround himself by "wonderful and beautiful" movie stars. 

28 Mar 16:11

Kathrada 'a man of enormous courage' - HSF

Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada was a man of enormous courage and perseverance, the Helen Suzman Foundation said on Tuesday.

"It is with great sadness and deep regret that the Helen Suzman Foundation has been alerted to the death of Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada," it said in a statement.

"He was one of the most prominent figures associated with President Nelson Mandela. He was a man of enormous courage and perseverance. He was also a man with a keen and warm sense of humour."

28 Mar 16:11

Tribute from the EFF and ANCYL

The ANC Youth league felt "naked and stripped" of revolutionary knowledge following the death of Ahmed Kathrada on Tuesday morning.

The EFF called on South Africans to learn from "Uncle Kathy’s" selflessness in helping the marginalised and ensuring their voices were heard.

28 Mar 14:41

CSA pays tribute to Ahmed Kathrada

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has expressed its great sadness of the passing of Ahmed Kathrada on Tuesday morning at the age of 87.

“As one of the Rivonia trialists he was an icon figure in the fight for freedom and democracy in our country,” commented CSA President Chris Nenzani.

“It was because of the selfless contribution of him and his colleagues that we enjoy the liberation we have today and that our current crop of cricketers can live their dreams and enjoy their world-class successes that was denied to the majority of their predecessors.

 “We mourn his passing and at the same time treasure the enormous contribution he has made to our country in so many different ways. We are privileged now to live in a much better place.” 

28 Mar 14:40

Winnie: Anyone who can't see the country is in crisis is bluffing themselves

South Africa is in crisis and anyone who cannot see that, is just bluffing themselves.

This was the scathing criticism shared by struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on the direction the country is headed.

A frail Madikizela-Mandela was speaking on the side-lines of the Ahmed Kathrada commemoration ceremony at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Kathrada died early on Tuesday morning.

Madikizela-Mandela said: "This is not just another loss of a struggle stalwart, this was a rehash of Madiba's passing and it is very, very emotional. I just saw all over again what I saw on that day, the 5th of December 2013, when Madiba left us."

28 Mar 14:31

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

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. 

28 Mar 14:28

Kathrada 'a beloved comrade, father and friend' - Ramaphosa

Ahmed Kathrada’s life should be celebrated as a life that was lived in the service of humanity, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday.

"As we prepare to lay his mortal remains to rest, we are reminded of our solemn duty to live by his example and to complete his work," he said in a statement released shortly after visiting the stalwart’s home in Killarney.

Ramaphosa had visited Kathrada’s long-term partner Barbara Hogan at their home, hours after South Africans learnt that the 87-year-old stalwart had succumbed to pneumonia following a recent operation, at the Donald Gordon hospital.

Kathrada died at 03:45 after a short illness he contracted after undergoing an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain earlier this month.

28 Mar 14:24

Reflections about a gentle soul 

During the year in which Kathy Kathrada and I sat down to talk about his life and wisdom, I asked him about his emotions.

'Do you cry much, Kathy?''

In my case, I suppose in most cases, there is crying and there is eyes full of tears," he replied.

"Eyes full of tears are different to crying. Eyes full of tears come quite often."Today my eyes are full of tears. My heart is crying.

Hamba Kahle my brother, my bhai. My friend. Until we meet again.

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28 Mar 13:52

Remembering Kathrada: 5 Iconic South African Heritage sites to visit 

South Africa lost one of our last remaining struggle stalwarts, Ahmed Kathrada, on Tuesday morning, 28 March. 

In the wake of the immense loss, South Africans can only aspire to have the same compassion and selflessness as these leaders - now revered as our freedom heritage ancestors.  

As one of the key figures in the fight for freedom and equality and one of the last remaining Rivonia Trialists, 'Uncle Kathy' as he was affectionately known, was sentenced to life in prison along with his dear friend former president Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki  - to mention a few.

Despite this life term, Kathrada and most of the other freedom fighters never advocated revenge or bitterness - their lives were instead a beacon of reconciliation and forgiveness.  And as a new generation of South Africans, we should reflect on the lives of these great South Africans that came before us.

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WATCH: Ramaphosa: 'Kathrada was humble and 'honest to his core' 

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WATCH: Ahmed Kathrada does walkabout in Durban's Resistance Park

28 Mar 13:12
With Michelle Obama in the District 6 Museum in Cape Town in 2011. (File, Netwerk24)

28 Mar 12:56

Ahmed Kathrada, left, with fellow Rivonia trialists Andrew Mlangeni and Denis Goldberg in 2016. (File, Netwerk24)

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Kathrada to be buried on Wednesday 

Struggle stalwart Ahmed 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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Kathrada never fought for positions of power - NFP 

In remembering struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada, the National Freedom Party (NFP) said it was inspiring that he never fought for power.

"It is so inspiring that he never fought for positions or power, during his term as a Member of Parliament," the party said in a statement on Tuesday. 

The NFP said Kathrada paved the way for a South Africa and fought for justice, equality, a non-racial, and a non-sexist society. 

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Take Kathrada's criticism of ANC seriously - Mlangeni 

One of the remaining two Rivonia trialists has warned the African National Congress not to take lightly Ahmed Kathrada's recent criticism of the party.

"It was not that he hated the organisation. He criticised it because he loved it and he was prepared to say where it had gone wrong," Andrew Mlangeni told News24 on Tuesday. 

Almost a year ago, Kathrada wrote an open letter to Zuma, calling on him to step down. This was after the Constitutional Court found he failed to uphold the Constitution when he ignored the Public Protector's recommendation that he repay some of the public money used to upgrade his Nkandla home.

"To paraphrase the famous MK slogan of the time: There comes a time in the life of every nation when it must choose to submit or fight. Today I appeal to our president to submit to the will of the people and resign," Kathrada said. 

28 Mar 12:13

Kathrada dedicated his life to fellow human beings - Makhura 

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has praised one of the last remaining Rivonia trialists for dedicating his life to his fellow human beings.

Makhura said Uncle Kathy, as he was fondly known, dedicated his adult life to the struggle against apartheid and the building of a democratic South Africa.

"He served the ANC and the country with humility and always led with dignity. His values will always inform the work we do for the people," Makhura said on Tuesday. 

Kathrada, 87, would remain the greatest inspiration to all South Africans. 

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Kathrada's touching eulogy at Nelson Mandela's funeral. 

WATCH: Mandela's fellow inmate gives emotional speech 

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