Satish Dhupelia, the South African great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, succumbed to COVID-19 problems right here on Sunday, three days after his 66th birthday, a member of the family mentioned.
Dhupelia’s sister Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie confirmed that her brother had died of COVID-19 associated problems after he contracted the illness within the hospital the place he had been underneath therapy for a month as a consequence of pneumonia.
“My beloved brother has handed on after a month of sickness with pneumonia, a superbug contracted in hospital after which COVID-19 additionally contracted whereas he was being handled. He suffered a significant cardiac arrest this night,” Uma mentioned in a social media publish.
Moreover Uma, Dhupelia leaves again one other sister, Kirti Menon, who lives in Johannesburg, the place she is energetic in numerous initiatives 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.
Dhupelia, who spent most of his life in media, particularly as a videographer and photographer, was additionally very energetic in aiding the Gandhi Growth Belief 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 plenty of social welfare organisations.
Tributes poured in from his associates and expensive ones.
“I’m in shock. Satish was an incredible humanitarian and activist,” Political analyst Lubna Nadvi mentioned.
“He was additionally an incredible pal of the Recommendation Desk for Abused Ladies, and all the time assisted the organisation in whichever method he may,” Nadvi added.
Dhupelia was additionally a member of the Board of the 1860 Heritage Basis, which on Monday, November 16 commemorated the arrival of the primary indentured labourers from India to work on the sugar cane fields of Durban.
On the day, in one among his final Fb posts for which Dhupelia was famend, particularly for his humour, he wrote: “Allow us to additionally not neglect that we nonetheless want to face collectively to realize our closing objectives of equality for all and an eradication of poverty”.
Funeral preparations of Dhupella haven’t been introduced but.