Johannesburg, 28 March 2017

The ANC in Gauteng is saddened to hear of the passing of our stalwart and father in the movement, Seaparankwe Cde Ahmed Kathrada (87).

While we dip our revolutionary banners to this gentle giant and extend our condolences to his family, we also celebrate a life devoted to the people of South Africa.

In spending 26 years on Robben Island, after withstanding the inhumane treason of the Rivonia trial and fighting a repressive apartheid regime for most of his life, Cde Kathrada has truly shown that his was a life of service and total commitment to the ANC as well as South Africa at large.

Uncle Kathy, as he was affectionately known, has indeed left enormous footprints for this and coming generations to follow. Gauteng as a home to many of the veterans of our movement, together with the rest of South Africa and the world at large is poorer today on his passing, yet his legacy makes us all the more richer.

It was indeed our privilege to have him with us during a political engagement in the ANC Joburg region hosted by ANC Chairperson Cde Paul Mashatile, during the Local Government Elections campaign. Along with former ANC deputy president Cde Kgalema Motlanthe, Cde Kathrada reminded us that of the importance of the volunteer. “Comrades it was the volunteers that went door to door collecting the demands of our people that then turned into the Freedom Charter. Don’t ever stop doing what you’re doing as volunteers.”

We offer our support to his wife Cde Barbara Hogan and the entire Kathrada family saying your loss is our loss and we will keep them in our prayers.

Issued by ANC, Gauteng Province

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