Rivaaj Ramdass, a well known Durban community activist, has died from Covid-19 related heart attack.
The 45-year-old died of a massive heart attack at a hospital in the Midlands on Wednesday morning.
Ramdass’ elderly father Satish said the family were devastated by the loss, going on to describe his son as the most “caring and charismatic person.”
“I lost Rivaaj to the community a long time ago,” said Satish.
Ramdass was a member of the Tactical Shooting Team and founder of the Safety and Security Team WhatsApp group.
His brother said the most fitting description for Rivaaj was: ’Service to mankind, is service to God.’
Ramdass tested positive about a week ago.
“He drove himself to hospital and insisted on doing so, because he did not want to infect anyone.
“He was in the general ward for a few days before being transferred to intensive care. I really don’t know what happened because we were told that his respiration was good yesterday. Then this morning, he suffered a massive heart attack.”
Satish said the funeral would take place tonight at the Clare Estate Crematorium.
Ramdass, who held a BA degree in Law, was also a director at Umvoti Light Newspaper on the KZN North Coast.
Prem Balram, director of Reaction Unit South Africa and friends with Ramdass, said: “Rivaaj will be remembered for giving selflessly to the community, a hero to many and a loss to those in need.”