The official memorial service of Ahmed “Kathy” Kathrada will take place on Saturday at the University of Johannesburg in Soweto, the Presidency has announced.

Kathrada died on Tuesday at the age of 87 after a short illness following surgery to the brain. He was buried in Johannesburg on Wednesday at Westpark Cemetery.

President Jacob Zuma did not attend the funeral out of respect for a request not to do so by the struggle icon’s family.

In a statement on Thursday, the Presidency said it was leading the planning for the service and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the key message on behalf of the government.

President Zuma declared a special official funeral and flags are flying at half-mast at every station until Saturday evening.

“The President has again extended his heartfelt condolences to former Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan and family. He extends his gratitude to all who have supported the family in various ways,” said the Presidency.

The memorial service will take place on 1 April from 11 am at the University of Johannesburg Soweto Campus, Soweto.

-African News Agency

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