The family of late struggle stalwart, Ahmed Kathrada is reported to have requested that president Jacob Zuma not attend the funeral which is to commence this morning. Reports have not yet alluded as to why the family has come to this conclusion.
”President Zuma will not attend the funeral and memorial service in compliance with the wishes of the family,” said a statement ahead of the funeral of one of the last Rivonia trialists, and one of Zuma’s fellow prisoners on Robben Island.
Kathrada passed away in the early hours of yesterday, after being admitted to hospital due to blood clotting in his brain. The 87 year old experienced post surgery complications which ultimately led to his death. He is buried according to the Muslim religious rights.
He was born in the North West town of Schweizer-Reneke in 1929. He began his political career at the tender age of 17, leading to numerous incidents of incarceration before and after he joined the African National Congress (ANC).
Alongside seven others, which includes former President Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki, Kathrada stood trial after he was arrested in a police raid on a meeting at the Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia.
South Africa has lost another icon in a short space of two weeks, the other being Joe Mafela who died in a car accident last week.