Ahmed Kathrada taught me many lessons

2017-03-28 04:54

Ahmed Kathrada: “Hatred, revenge, bitterness - these are negative emotions. The person harbouring those emotions suffers more.”

I am deeply saddened by the death of Ahmed Kathrada, a fervent South African human rights defender and a Rivonia trialist. Kathrada an anti-apartheid activists and a stalwart of the liberation struggle dedicated his entire life to eliminate discrimination in all its forms and to achieve a life of dignity for all who live in South Africa. Kathy, as he is fondly called, tirelessly campaigned to deepen non-racialism and fundamental freedoms in South Africa.

Besides fighting the good fight for South Africans, he was very vocal on the occupation of Palestine by Israel and other injustices and oppression around the globe.

Moreover, he was unafraid to tell close friends and comrades when he thought otherwise and hence vigorously supported the Save South Africa campaign.

Due to his principled advocacy for the protection of human rights in South Africa and other parts of the world, he was crowned with many awards and Honorary Doctorates.

The best way to keep his legacy alive is to continue his vision and mission and to defend, maintain and support human rights all over the globe. In order to achieve and maintain peace, you must first develop and nurture justice and the best way to commemorate his life is to pledge to continue what he promoted - deepen non-racialism and support equality, equity, dignity, human rights and freedom.

Uncle Kathy, we salute your courage, allegiance and unfaltering uprightness and sincerely thank you for the significant legacy you leave behind. While you were alive you taught me many lessons, today your death provides me with the greatest lesson and that is every soul shall taste death.

Ahmed Kathrada thank you for your part and contribution to our liberation struggle and freedom, may your sins be forgiven and may Almighty grant you the highest place in paradise. My deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones.

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