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It is with great sadness that I have learnt about the death of Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada. My wife Elita and I extend our deepest sympathies to his wife and family.

Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada was a man of great integrity. He was truly a good man, who loved South Africa and all its people. His commitment to non-racialism and reconciliation not only played a role during the initial period of transition in the 90s, but until today. May it serve as an example to all South Africans at this time when racism is much too much prevalent.  

May he rest in peace.

Unfortunately, I will be in Malta for an international conference and won’t be able to attend his funeral tomorrow. 

Issued on behalf of Former President FW de Klerk

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