Ahmed Kathrada was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday‚ March 4 for dehydration, however, doctors later discovered a clot on his brain‚ which was removed afterwards.
On March 15‚ the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s director Neeshan Balton disclosed his recovery from his operation had been “slower than hoped for”. He said “Uncle Kathy” had “experienced several health-related setbacks”.
He leaves behind his wife‚ Barbara Hogan‚ 65‚ an ANC activist who was jailed for treason. They met on his release from prison and she later served as an MP and Cabinet Minister in the post-apartheid era.
Despite their life-long political commitment‚ they shared snippets of Kathrada’s personality when celebrating his 85th birthday at the showing of a documentary by filmmaker Anant Singh. Guests learned that at 7pm‚ no one dared to interrupt Kathrada‚ as the soapie Isidingo was on air – and that he liked to have dessert before the main course‚ because “life is too short”.
The Rivonia trialist‚ anti-racism activist and author‚ whose full name was Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada‚ was born on 21 August 1929 in Schweizer-Reneke in what is now the North West province.