How the youth remember Uncle Kathy
Naledi Shange | 2017-03-28 09:43:04.0
Ahmed Kathrada, Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu at an ANC welcome rally at the FNB Stadium in Soweto in 1990.
Image by: PAUL WEINBERG
As South Africa woke up to the news of the passing of Ahmed Kathrada‚ the youth turned to social media to share how they remembered the struggle icon.
@Courtz_RM tweeted: “This one day at a Fees Must Fall protest‚ a student came up to uncle Kathy and said ‘thank you for what you have done for the country.’
Let us NEVER forget that when students called, #UncleKathy answered, attending protests and showing his support for the movement ❤
— Courtney. (@Courtz_RM) March 28, 2017
“Uncle Kathy took that student’s hands in his and said ‘no‚ thank you for what you are doing.”
@SAYoungLion‚ referring to former ANC leaders who have passed on‚ tweeted: “#AhmedKathrada tell Luthuli we remain landless‚ Tell Tambo ANC has eaten its own children‚ Tell Hani we’re still fight free education. RIP‚ Salute.”
#AhmedKathrada tell Luthuli we remain landless, Tell Tambo ANC eat its own children, Tell Hani we’re still fight free education. RIP, Salute
— Azania Afrika (@SAYoungLion) March 28, 2017
Kathrada was supportive of the students’ calls for free tertiary education.
During the protests last year‚ he said he understood and sympathised with them but called for their patience‚ adding that democracy was a work in progress.
Kathrada died at the Donald Gordon Hospital in Johannesburg shortly at 03.45am on Tuesday morning.
I remember taking these pictures during #FeesMustFall last year. #UncleKathy remained with us when most did not. Long live his spirit! pic.twitter.com/jNS0HU02Rf
— Azra Karim (@AzraKarim) March 28, 2017
He was 87.
He had been ill for the last month‚ with his condition deteriorating in the last 24 hours. Kathrada was taken in for surgery linked to blood clotting on the brain.