Mrs Graca Machel and the Mandela Family
Mrs. Winnie Mandela
Struggle Heroes and Heroines
The People of our Country
The last time I saw Madiba alive was when I visited him in hospital. I was filled with an overwhelming mixture of sadness, emotion and pride. He tightly held my hand until the end of my brief visit. It was profoundly heartbreaking. It brought me to the verge of tears when my thoughts automatically flashed back to the picture of the man I grew up under. How I wished I’d never had to confront the reality of what I saw.
A photograph of Mandela and Kathrada displayed in Kathrada's flat in Killarney. Signed by Madiba to his fellow veteran it says, "To Madala, you must now retire."
My family and I join millions of people in South Africa and across the globe in extending our sincere condolences to his wife Graca Machel, to his former wife Winnie Mandela and to rest of the Mandela family on the passing on of our beloved Madiba - a global icon; a renowned world statesman, and the founding father of our nation. We are of the view that words cannot describe our grief at the death of an extra-ordinary and remarkable human being.
One can only imagine the enormous strain which the state of his health has placed on the family in recent times. But despite this, we are confident that all of you have the strength and the courage to see through these difficult times in your lives with grace and dignity, and will take comfort from the knowledge that Madiba’s legacy will continue to enrich our world and all of humanity for generations and generations to come.
Madala, as you light-heartedly started calling me some years ago, it both grieves me and inspires me to write this to you now, with the hour of your death still a fresh wound in our peoples’ hearts.
We have known each other for 67 years, and I never imagined I’d be witness to the unavoidable and traumatic reality of your passing.
Your abundant reserves of love, simplicity, honesty, service, humility, care, courage, foresight, patience, tolerance, equality and justice continually served as a source of enormous strength to me and so many millions of people around the world.
Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada. Photo source: ENCA
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation joins millions of people in South Africa and around the world who feel a profound sense of loss at the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
At the same time, we are immensely proud that one of our own is loved and revered on every corner of the globe and stands tall amongst the greatest leaders of the twentieth century.
Nelson Mandela. Photo source: nelsonmandelaonline.net
It is with sadness that the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has learnt of the passing away of Dr Zainab Asvat.
Zainab was a political activist, member of the Transvaal Indian Congress and a medical doctor, who exemplified the courageousness of women in the fight against apartheid.
Zainab Asvat. Photo source: SA History Online