"Uncle Kathy," as he was known, died of pneumonia on Tuesday. He fought the apartheid government over its injustice, inequality and racism. But he also didn't shy away from taking his own African National Congress to task for corruption.
The activist will be buried at West Park cemetery in Johannesburg. His family has asked President Jacob Zuma not to attend the funeral or the memorial service.
Kathrada, who was jailed for life with Nelson Mandela, passed away after a short illness in Johannesburg.
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