Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses launch of National Programme of Tribute for Ahmed Kathrada

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will tomorrow, Saturday, 22 July 2017, address the Launch of the National Programme of Tribute for the late anti-apartheid struggle veteran, Ahmed Kathrada, in his hometown of Schweizer-Reneke, North-West Province.

Deputy President Ramaphosa attends the launch at the invitation of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, to honour the life of Ahmed Kathrada and his dedication to the liberation Struggle in South Africa.

During the visit to Schweizer-Reneke, Deputy President Cyril Rampahosa will also pay a courtesy visit to the Kathrada family.

The event takes place several weeks ahead of Mr Kathrada's birthday, and marks the beginning of a national programme of tribute and reflection on his life and legacy.

The national programme of tribute is being launched because there are a number of people and organisations who had indicated that they would have loved to have been given an opportunity to speak about and reflect on Kathrada's life after his passing in March this year, but were unable to attend the funeral and memorial services. People also needed to be given sufficient time mourn the passing of such an important role player in the South African liberation struggle before reflecting on the depth of his contribution to the country, said Neeshan Balton, Executive Director of the Foundation.

The Schweizer-Reneke event is the first on the national programme.

The programme will include tributes by the Kathrada family and fellow anti-apartheid activists.

The launch will be attended by various struggle stalwarts, representatives of political, business and faith-based organisations including members of the surrounding communities.

Deputy President Ramaphosa will be supported by senior government officials.

Source: Government of South Africa