“I’m at peace, really,” Ahmed Kathrada said in a Daily Maverick interview in October 2014 on the 25th anniversary of his release from prison. Was he at peace with the world at the time of his passing? There are painful truths that we as a nation must face. Kathrada, 87, was deeply disturbed about the political situation in South Africa and certainly in the final year of his life, he made this patently clear. In bidding farewell to this gentle giant and stalwart of the liberation struggle, South Africa will celebrate an iconic life and his lifelong commitment to the fight for human rights. But we must acknowledge that the country he sacrificed his life for is now under an onslaught that troubled him greatly. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.