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Ahmed Kathrada 'died a sad man'

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation launched a national tribute programme for the late veteran.

FILE: the late Ahmed Kathrada, anti-apartheid activist and close friend of former South African President Nelson Mandela poses on July 16, 2012 in his house in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The family of late struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada says he died a sad man because the African National Congress betrayed its promises.

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation launched a national tribute programme for the late veteran in his North West hometown of Schweizer-Reneke on Saturday.

Residents cheered and warmly welcomed the Kathrada family as community members of Kathrada’s hometown paid tribute to the late veteran.

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation's Neeshan Balton spoke of Kathrada's love for the ANC and his selfless nature.

“Ahmed Kathrada passed away a sad man. The ANC was his lifelong movement until he breathed his last breath.”

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who gave the keynote address, says he is saddened that Kathrada died at a disappointing time for the ANC.

“It is a matter of deep regret for those of us in the movement that Ahmed Kathrada had to harbour such concerns in his final months. It pains me that comrade Ahmed Kathrada went to his grave being concerned.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)