For Immediate release: 28 March 2017
To: Editors, Producers and Reporters
CGE bids farewell to former Human Rights Struggle Stalwart Mr. Ahmed “Uncle Kathy” Kathrada
Today South Africans and the rest of the world woke up to the news of Mr. Ahmed “Uncle Kathy” Kathrada’s passing. The former human rights struggle icon sadly passed away at Dr. Gordon Hospital last night following an operation to remove a blood clot in his brain. The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) joins the nation in sending its heartfelt condolences to the Kathrada family, Mme Barbara Hogan, the African National Congress (ANC) and his comrades.
This moment calls on us to uphold the values that this activist for justice espoused and challenges all of us to continue to strive for a just society that is free from all forms of oppression and inequalities. South Africans in all walks will remember Uncle Kathy as a humbly, selfless person who championed for the human rights of all and ideologised a non-racial, non-sexist, and democratic society in South Africa.
As South Africans, we need to celebrate uncle Kathy’s life through respecting and upholding the values of the Constitution, developing programmes that will eradicate poverty and ending violence against vulnerable groups including children, women, LGBTI community, disabled people and the elderly people”, said Ms. Thoko Mpumlwana, Acting Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality.
It is through heroes like Uncle Kathy that during the transition period institutions supporting constitutional democracy like CGE were established. Uncle Kathy’s humility, selflessness and resilience for the advancement of human rights saw him starting the Ahmed Kathrada foundation to continue the fight for the ideals that he lived for until the end.
On behalf of the Commission for Gender Equality, “We say your memory and what you laboured for will be your legacy. We shall never forget the footprints you left behind”, Thoko Mpumlwana added.
May your soul rest in peace, Hamba Kahle, lala ngoxolo, Uncle Kathy!
Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)
Date: 28 March 2017
Contact Person: Javu Baloyi
Tel: 083 579 3306
The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.