By Irshaad Gangat
South African Indians swamped social networks with messages of condolences, tributes from friends and dear ones near and far for the great grandson of Mahatma Ghandi, Satish Dhupelia, who died due to coronavirus related complications three days after his 66th birthday.
Dhupelia’s sister Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie confirmed that her brother died on Sunday, November 22, of COVID-19 related complications after he contracted the disease in hospital where he had been treated for a month due to 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,” said Duphelia-Mesthrie in a social media post.
Dhupelia spent most of his life in the media as a videographer and photographer. He was involved in assisting the Ghandi Development Trust to continue the work started by Mahatma at the Phoenix Settlement near Durban.
Over the years he has produced work for the SABC, E-TV, BBC, Zee TV and worked on several live concert shoots for Bryan Adams, Paul Simon and Lata Mangeshkar to name a few.
Dhupelia was committed to assisting the needy in all communities and was active in a number of social welfare organisations.
On the day of his death, his last facebook post reads, “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.”