The South African great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Satish Dhupelia died of COVID-19 complications on Sunday, three days after his 66th birthday. Dhupelia’s sister Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie confirmed that her brother had died of COVID-19 related complications after he contracted the disease in hospital where he had been under treatment 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,” Uma said in a social media post.
Besides Uma, Satish leaves back another sister, Kirti Menon, who lives in Johannesburg. Satish, Uma and Kirti are descendants of Manilal Gandhi, who was left behind in South Africa by Mahatma Gandhi after he returned to India after staying in South Africa for around twenty years.
Dhupelia, who spent most of his life in media, especially as a videographer and photographer, was also very active in assisting the Gandhi Development Trust to continue the work started by the Mahatma at the Phoenix Settlement near Durban, according to a PTI report.
Among other details about his career, Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie also mentioned that Satish Dhupelia was a trustee of Phoenix Settlement, the farm started by his great-grandfather Mahatma Gandhi. Satish also served on the management committee of the Gandhi Development Trust which was started by his aunt Ela Gandhi.