Hamba kahle Mewa

Seen is Mewa Ramgobin, struggle icon with a colleague.

Former ANC member of Parliament and Natal Indian Congress president, Mewa Ramgobin, has died after a prolonged stomach illness that resulted in a stroke.

The struggle icon who was married to the grand daughter of Mahatma Gandhi and human rights activist Ela Gandhi was living in Cape Town in his last years.

Ela Gandhi’s nephew, Satish Dhupelia, spoke to the Phoenix Sun saying Ramgobin was admitted to hospital on October 8 and his condition was stable until October 16 when his condition deteriorated. He suffered a stroke and passed away.

Ramgobin, the founder of Centre for Learning of Ubuntu and chairman of the Phoenix Settlement Trust, which was founded by Mahatma Gandhi, was among the first supporters of the Release Mandela Campaign.

The struggle icon and author of ‘Waiting to Live’ and ‘Prisms of Light’ left a legacy for his family. During his life, he has done much to honour Gandhi, including establishing a Gandhi museum and library, organising the annual Gandhi Lecture and educating people from different race groups on Gandhian thought. He also played a role in training leaders of the struggle.

He was banned for 17 years‚ placed under house arrest for 12 years and charged for treason in 1985 whilst he was a member of the United Democratic Front. The struggle icon was very involved in politics from a very young age and was a part of it till his end.

Dhupelia said, “ One of Ramgobins’ wishes was that his final rights be in Durban because he is from Verulam.’

Preparations for the funeral are still underway as his body has to be transported to Durban. No further details have been released.

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