ahmed kathrada in hospital

#UncleKathy Several Setbacks In Recovery

Anti-apartheid struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada’s (87) recovery from his operation has been “slower than hoped for”.

Kathrada was hospitalised on March 4 for surgery related to blood clotting on the brain.

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s Director Neeshan Balton said that the veteran had “experienced several health-related setbacks making the prognosis of his illness unpredictable”.

ahmed kathrada in hospital

“He remains in hospital with everything being done to assist his recovery,” Balton said.

He added that visits from members of the public are still not permitted due to hospital regulations and the necessity for a restful period of recovery.

“We have been overwhelmed by the immense support, both from within South Africa and abroad. We continue asking for your prayers during this period, both for Mr Kathrada and his family and friends,” Balton stated.

He indicated that members of the public were welcome to post their ‘get well soon’ on the Foundation’s specially set up Facebook page – Well Wishes to Uncle Kathy or by emailing

“We have also had requests from people about where they can leave cards bearing messages of support, or flowers. This can be dropped off at the Foundation’s offices (Signet Terrace Office Park, Block B, Suite 2 – 19 Guinea-Fowl Street, Ext 1, Lenasia).

“All of the messages that we have received will be collated and passed on to the family,” Balton explained.

Kathrada, a tireless activist for non-racialism and Constitutionalism, is one of three Rivonia Trialists still alive today; the other two being Andrew Mlangeni and Denis Goldberg.

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