Satish Dhupelia, the South African great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, succumbed to COVID-19 issues in Johannesburg on Sunday, three days after his 66th birthday, a member of the family stated.
Mr Dhupelia’s sister Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie confirmed that her brother had died of COVID-19 associated issues after he contracted the illness in hospital the place he had been beneath remedy for a month as a consequence of pneumonia.
“My beloved brother has passed on after a month of illness with pneumonia, a superbug contracted in hospital and then COVID-19 also contracted while he was being treated. He suffered a major cardiac arrest this evening,” Ms Uma stated in a social media submit.
Besides Ms Uma, Mr Dhupelia leaves again one other sister, Kirti Menon, who lives in Johannesburg, the place she is energetic in varied tasks honouring the reminiscence of Gandhi.
The three siblings are descendants of Manilal Gandhi, who Mahatma Gandhi left behind in South Africa to proceed his work after he returned to India after spending twenty years.
Mr Dhupelia, who spent most of his life in media, particularly as a videographer and photographer, was additionally very energetic in aiding the Gandhi Development Trust to proceed the work began by the Mahatma on the Phoenix Settlement close to Durban.
He was famend for aiding the needy in all communities and was energetic in quite a lot of social welfare organisations.
Tributes poured in from his pals and pricey ones.
“I am in shock. Satish was a great humanitarian and activist,” Politican analyst Lubna Nadvi stated.
“He was also a great friend of the Advice Desk for Abused Women, and always assisted the organisation in whichever way he could,” Nadvi added.
Mr Dhupelia was additionally a member of the Board of the 1860 Heritage Foundation, which on Monday November 16 commemorated the arrival of the primary indentured labourers from India to work on the sugar cane fields of Durban.
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