GALLERY: Celebrating the life of Ahmed Kathrada

The best way to maintain the legacy of late ANC stalwart Ahmed Kathrada is to fulfil his dream and that of his fellow veterans and correct the wrongs in the ruling party, former South African president Thabo Mbeki said yesterday.

“We have lost one of the giants of our struggle,” Mbeki said.
“To lose a person like [him], with his experience, is very painful.”

Kathrada, 87, died at about 4am yesterday in a Johannesburg hospital after suffering complications from a medical procedure to deal with clotting on the brain.

He was one of the last three remaining Rivonia trialists – the other two being Andrew Mlangeni and Dennis Goldberg.

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