Obituary: Sashie Moodley dies in NZ

2010-09-23 00:00

A FORMER Pietermaritzburg resident, struggle stalwart and the first registered Indian pharmacist in the country, Sashagrie (Sashie) Moodley, died in New Zealand on Tuesday a day after celebrating his 84th birthday.

His son Rajen said he died after a short illness.

Moodley was a long-standing member of the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) and the ANC. Paying tribute to him, the deputy minister of Co-operative Governance, Yunus Carrim, said he was a gentle, caring person, free of rancour and division.

Carrim said Moodley was one of a remarkable group of NIC elders in Pietermaritzburg who included the late Chota Motala, A.S. Chetty, D.V. Chetty and C.D. Moodley.

“They were very different personalities but bound by a common set of values.

“In recent years, as new values of self-interest and careerism began to emerge in the ANC, he began sadly to drift away from us. We need to return to the traditional values of the 1950 generation of activists as the current ANC NGC is also deciding.”

After 35 years as a pharmacist in the city, Moodley retired in 1994. His pharmacy was a landmark in downtown Church Street. By 2005, with his three sons living in Australia and New Zealand, he and his wife Pubathy left to be closer to them and their grandchildren.

Moodley matriculated from Woodlands High School and left to study at the University of London. He completed his degree in 1954 and served his apprenticeship in Charing Cross and Kingston Hospitals.

He returned to South Africa in 1958 and registered as a pharmacist with the South African Pharmacy Board. He said at the time of his retirement that he was fortunate that all races in the city supported his business.

Moodley was known for his commitment to the Pietermaritzburg community.

He contributed money to many campaigns and rescued the historic Young Men’s Hindu Association Building at the corner of William and Church streets.

Moodley will be buried in New Zealand. He leaves his wife, three sons and four grandchildren.

 

 

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