Social cohesion advocates send condolence to the Kathrada family

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28 Mar 2017

On this morning of the 28th of March 2017, the world woke up to the sad news of the passing of Ahmed "Uncle Kathy" Kathrada, a gallant hero of the struggle for our liberation who consistently fought for justice for all throughout his adult life until his passing.

As the Advocates for Social Cohesion and Nation Building, we experienced Uncle Kathy as a great humanist, a brave and courageous advocate for social justice and good governance. With the courage of his conviction, he stood up against the self-serving tendencies of contemporary politics in our country.

For us his fellow Advocates, he was always the quiet sage: the wise grandpa, the father, uncle, brother and friend. He was the epitome of wisdom, integrity, selflessness and humility and a social cohesion advocate who truly believed that South Africa belonged to all those who lived in it. He particularly and bravely stood up against racism wherever and whenever it raises its ugly head.

Ahmed Kathrada had a deep passion for intergenerational dialogue, instilling in younger generations of society the values of true leadership and commitment that he and those of his generation relied upon in the struggle for freedom, equality and human dignity - for our generation and all generations to come.

On behalf of the Advocates of Social Cohesion and Nation Building, we extend our deepest condolences to his beloved Barbara Hogan, his family, the African National Congress that he loved so dearly, and all those who live in South Africa.

We will miss Uncle "Kathy" and his voice of reason and wisdom. But we will not forget the values of commitment to selfless service and leadership he instilled in all of us.


Justice Yvonne Mokgoro

Chairperson: Advocates for Social Cohesion and Nation Building