The counsel for Oakbay stressed that the company had never contended in any of its letters to the minister that he was obliged to intervene.
Kathrada was openly critical of President Jacob Zuma and once wrote him an open letter, urging him to resign.
Mbeki said a real tribute to the stalwart would be ‘continued engagement between the current leadership and the 101 stalwarts’.
Among the prominent people at the funeral include ANC struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and former president Thabo Mbeki.
Uncle Kathy will be buried next to other prominent South African figures, including Solomon ‘Stix’ Morewa.
Parents defended themselves and said they deliberately blocked learners from going to school because they wanted a tarred road.