KwaDukuza Mayor Ricardo Mthembu led a memorial service for the late anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Kathrada last Friday, referring to him as a “distinguished leader who played a pivotal role in politics at the height of apartheid.”
He remarked, “His political work added more chapters to the Good Story that South Africa has been able to tell since the dawn of democracy. Until his death, he continued to play an exemplary role in the Democratic Parliament together with the late President Nelson Mandela.
Khathrada earned himself through active political participation and action, a legacy that hinges on with some of the most celebrated heroes of our lifetime who suffered injustices of the oppressors yet made good progress at advancing the struggle for self-determination of this country and her people and at achieving democratic ideals espoused in the Freedom Charter that we continue to enjoy today.
The story of Kathrada should be aptly narrated with the mention of other struggle stalwarts including Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, Debi Singh, Govan Mbeki amongst others who were with him during their prison sentence on Robben Island”, said Mthembu.
“As we celebrate Kathrada’s life-long journey, we should never lose sight of the future that beholds, the challenges that we face and the victories upon us, based on the good foundation that was laid by those we consider to be our heroes.
On behalf of the KwaDukuza Municipal Council, we celebrate the life and times of Uncle Kathy for going through life using his highest potential despite the odds of apartheid.
We are indebted to his gallant contribution in the liberation movement and we should protect his good spirit and legacy for the future generation to learn from him.
His name is revered throughout the world as a man who believed in peace and as a person who upheld democratic ideals and we’ll remember him for his humble heartedness and devotion to humanity. May we all learn from Uncle Kathy”, said Mthembu.