SUNDAY TIMES – IN PICTURES: Life of a hero celebrated at Ahmed Kathrada funeral

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa‚ former African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and former first lady Zanele Mbeki were among the crowds to fill the large marquee erected on the grounds of the Westpark Cemetery.

A member of the Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association stands guard next to the casket of Ahmed Kathrada. Image: REUTERS SIPHIWE SIBEKO

ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela took her seat next to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters Julius Malema react during the funeral. Image: REUTERS SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Ramaphosa led the government delegation to the funeral and memorial service.

President Jacob Zuma did not attend the funeral‚ in accordance with the family’s wishes‚ the presidency said earlier on Wednesday.

South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan greets Winnie Madikizela-Mandela during the funeral. Image: REUTERS SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Mourners carry the casket. Image: REUTERS SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Friends and family memebers carry the body of Ahmed Kathrada. Image: REUTERS SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Friends and family members stand next to the body. Image: REUTERS SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Kathrada was buried near the entrance of the cemetery grounds.

The 86-year-old died on Tuesday morning after suffering a blood clot to the brain.

The body of Ahmed Kathrada is lowered to the grave. Image: REUTERS SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Image: REUTERS SIPHIWE SIBEKO

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