Uncle Kathy Laid To Rest: Zuma Not Found At the Funeral

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As Ahmed Kathrada (Uncle Kathy) is laid to rest today, President Jacob Zuma has confirmed he would not be attending the funeral as was wished by his family.

Sources close to Kathrada’s family reported yesterday that Zuma may be barred from attending the funeral as the bereaved family wished he would not speak or even appear at the funeral.

Though no specific reasons were given for the decision, the sources revealed that uncle Kathy told those close to him that he didn’t want Zuma at his funeral.

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The presidency confirmed this morning that Zuma will not attend. “President Zuma will not attend the funeral and memorial service in compliance with the wishes of the family,” it said in a statement.

“Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the government delegation to the funeral and memorial service.”

Relations between Zuma and Kathrada have been soured since after Kathrada wrote a letter to the President asking him to “submit to the will of the people and resign”.

The anti apartheid fighter highlighted some controversial issues linked to the president that not only speak ill of his personality as the president, but also affect the credibility of the ANC as a party.

“If not, Comrade President, are you aware that your outstanding contribution to the liberation struggle stands to be severely tarnished if the remainder of your term as President continues to be dogged by crises and a growing public loss of confidence in the ANC and government as a whole.

I know that if I were in the President’s shoes, I would step down with immediate effect. I believe that is what would help the country to find its way out of a path that it never imagined it would be on, but one that it must move out of soon.”the ANC struggle veteran to Zuma.

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Uncle Kathy is finally laid to rest this morning at the Westpark Cemetery in Randburg, Johannesburg at 10:00. His coffin was all covered in ANC cloth and now being taken to Westpark Cemetery from Houghton.

The grave where he would be laid to rest has already been dug waiting for his arrival from the mosque