Locals hold candles during a prayer meeting in honour of hospitalised Ahmed Kathrada, a former Rivonia trialist and close friend of former President Nelson Mandela, in Killarney. Picture: Reuters
Johannesburg – The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation on Saturday dismissed rumours that the anti-apartheid struggle veteran has died, saying his condition remains unchanged.

"He is currently still in hospital in Johannesburg," Ahmed Kathrada Foundation director Neeshan Balton said.

“We condemn these rumours and request the public to refrain from reposting or spreading fake news or any updates that cannot be verified. We reiterate our commitment to providing regular and accurate updates about Mr Kathrada’s condition both to the media and the public,” he said.

Balton encouraged people to follow the foundation’s social media accounts where updates to Kathrada’s condition would be regularly posted. “Our Twitter handle is @KathradaFound. Updates posted via this account can be considered official,” Balton said.

He also thanked the public for the various initiatives that had been organised to wish Kathrada well.

"We are deeply grateful for the immense support from the public. We are thankful for the various prayer meetings, vigils, and messages of support that continue pouring in. The support from both within South Africa and abroad are a reminder of how Kathrada has and continues to inspire so many,” Balton said.