Satish Dhupelia, the South African great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, succumbed to Covid-19 issues 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 issues after he contracted the illness in hospital the place he had been underneath therapy 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,” Uma mentioned in a social media publish. Besides Uma, Dhupelia leaves again one other sister, Kirti Menon, who lives in Johannesburg, the place she is energetic in varied 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 20 years.
Dhupelia, who spent most of his life in media, particularly as a videographer and photographer, was additionally very energetic in helping the Gandhi Development Trust to proceed the work began by the Mahatma on the Phoenix Settlement close to Durban.
He was famend for helping the needy in all communities and was energetic in a quantity of social welfare organisations.
Tributes poured in from his mates and expensive ones. “I am in shock. Satish was a great humanitarian and activist,” Politican analyst Lubna Nadvi mentioned.
“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.
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.
On the day, in a single of his final Facebook posts for which Dhupelia was famend, particularly for his humour, he wrote: “Let us also not forget that we still need to stand together to achieve our final goals of equality for all and an eradication of poverty”. Funeral preparations of Dhupella haven’t been introduced but.