‘Kathy would have approved of changes’
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