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Ahmed Kathrada. Picture: SUNDAY TIMESStruggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada’s health has deteriorated, his foundation announced on Monday.Kathrada is one of three surviving Rivonia trialists, with the others being Andrew Mlangeni and Denis Goldberg.


The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation are holding a prayer session for the stalwart in Houghton at the Mandela Foundation’s offices on Tuesday morning, at which they will give an update on Kathrada’s health.

Kathrada, fondly known as “Uncle Kathy”, is among the first generation of parliamentarians to get sworn into SA’s first democratic Parliament.

Foundation CEO Neeshan Balton said Kathrada was experiencing complications after undergoing an operation and was in a serious condition.

“Kathrada has contracted pneumonia, which has affected both his lungs. Despite appropriate medical care, his condition is deteriorating. He is currently comfortable.”

Balton said the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation would keep the public informed about Kathrada’s condition and asked South Africans to continue offering their prayers. Parliament has wished the stalwart a speedy recovery.

“South Africa continues to be fortunate to have in its midst liberation icons of Uncle Kathy’s calibre, who remain the fountain of wisdom and an embodiment of selflessness and compassion. We wish him a speedy recovery,” Parliament said.

The EFF said: “The EFF stands in solidarity with his family and loved ones during this time as one of our heroes wages a fight against an illness. We call on all South Africans to unite in prayer as we wait in faith and hope for his recovery.”