From political parties to civil society, social media is awash with tributes to the struggle icon, Ahmed Kathrada, who died early on Monday morning.
Ahmed #Kathrada has passed on. Details to follow.— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) March 28, 2017
The anti-apartheid activist died after a short illness, and a memorial service has been arranged for Tuesday morning.
The African National Congress said his life was a lesson in humility, tolerance and resilience.
— Year of OR Tambo (@MYANC) March 28, 2017
The Thabo Mbeki Foundation said that he was so committed to principle, he refused to be broken by harassment, torture or imprisonment.
— Scapegoat (@AndiMakinana) March 28, 2017
Opposition parties and MPs also paid tribute.
Kathrada's life has shown us the power of forgiveness & shines a light on the path leading to the values of our constitution. #UncleKathy
— Patricia de Lille (@PatriciaDeLille) March 28, 2017
My deep condolences to #AhmedKathrada family, his political party and the people of SA. We have indeed lost a giant, iQhawe. Lala Ngoxolo.— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) March 28, 2017
Rest in perfect Peace Uncle Kathy, your last wish remains our command. We will continue the good fight against Kleptocracy and State Capture— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) March 28, 2017
Civil society also joined the chorus of tributes.
We mourn the loss of #UncleKathy - he gave so much to bring us here. Its up to us to continue the journey towards equality and human dignity— CASAC (@CASACZA) March 28, 2017
Mr. K, Uncle Kathy, Ahmed #Kathrada - a great, decent human being, a mensch and political leader who loved life, laughing and Barbara Hogan.— Zackie Achmat (@ZackieAchmat) March 28, 2017
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