Zuma visits Padayachie's widow

By Drum Digital
09 May 2012

President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday visited the widow of Roy Padayachie at the Padayachie's family home in Durban.

Padayachie, the Public Service and Administration minister, died in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa on Friday.

Scores of friends and African National Congress members could be seen entering the house in Durban's Mariannhill area.

Moments before Zuma arrived to pass on his condolences, several members of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial cabinet, including premier Zweli Mkhize, also arrived to pay their respects.

Media were allowed into the house briefly for a photo shoot as Zuma sat on the couch talking to Roy's widow, Sally Mudaly-Padayachie (CORR).

Afterwards Zuma addressed friends, family and local ANC party supporters who had come to pay their respects in a small marquee on the Padayachie's property.

Zuma praised Padayachie, whom he said he had known since 1974 when he (Zuma) was released from Robben Island, for revitalising the ANC in the 1970s.

“Because he was not outspoken, he did not market himself, many might not have known. . . he just worked.

“We have lost a good comrade, not just because when a comrade has passed away we always say so... with Roy it's real.”

He said Padayachie's death was a “huge loss” for the ANC and the country.

Zuma is expected to deliver the eulogy at Padayachie's funeral, which will be held on Wednesday at the Kingsmead Cricket stadium.

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