‘Kathy would have ap­proved of changes’

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THE late strug­gle stal­wart Ahmed Kathrada would have been proud of the lat­est changes in the gov­ern­ing party, an­ti­a­partheid ac­tivist and women’s march leader Sophia Wil­liams-de Bruyn said.

This as yes­ter­day marked Kathrada’s death an­niver­sary.

Speak­ing at his gravesite yes­ter­day as one of the guests who joined fam­ily mem­bers in re­mem­ber­ing Kathrada, De Bruyn said he must be re­joic­ing in his af­ter­life be­cause of the re­cent changes.

De Bruyn was al­lud­ing to the change in the lead­er­ship of the rul­ing ANC and the gov­ern­ment, no­tably the re­place­ment of Ja­cob Zuma with Cyril Ramaphosa. Be­fore his death, Kathy, as he was pop­u­larly known, was quite vo­cal about the need for Zuma to re­sign.

She said Kathrada’s open let­ter to Zuma ask­ing him to step down was a sign of dis­ap­point­ment at how the coun­try was be­ing gov­erned.

In his let­ter Kathrada said Zuma’s in­volve­ment with the Gupta fam­ily and their al­leged in­flu­ence in the ap­point­ment of Cabi­net min­is­ters meant his lead­er­ship was fun­da­men­tally flawed.

“And bluntly, if not ar­ro­gantly, in the face of such per­sis­tently wide­spread crit­i­cism, con­dem­na­tion and de­mand, is it ask­ing too much to ex­press the hope that you will choose the cor­rect way that is gain­ing mo­men­tum, to con­sider step­ping down?” the let­ter read.

Kathrada was one of the ac­cused in the Rivo­nia Trial in which eight peo­ple were sen­tenced to life in prison with hard labour. He was tried with Nel­son Man­dela, Wal­ter Sisulu, Go­van Mbeki, Den­nis Gold­berg, Ray­mond Mh­laba, Elias Mot­soaledi and An­drew Mlan­geni.

Sophia Wil­liams-De Bruyn

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