Late councillor’s legacy lives on

2016-08-18 06:00
Photo: supplied The late councillor Brian Jayanathan.

Photo: supplied The late councillor Brian Jayanathan.

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“THE late Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor and community activist Brian Jayanathan gave his life to the people and the community at large believing that it was crucial to serve the community of Tongaat.” This according to his daughter Shantall Jayanathan as 15 August marked a year since he died due an illness.

“My father’s life was a celebration. It was good and it was fruitful. He was the ultimate essence of unselfishness.

“He gave his life to the people and the community at large believing that service to mankind is service to God. He touched the lives of the people and did everything in a great way. There was nothing he could not do.”

She described her father as someone that was impossible to defeat and he did not need pep talks or pushing to make a difference in the community.

Jayanathan died after he was diagnosed with stomach cancer in December 2013.

He had gastrectomy surgery on 28 May 2014 where his stomach was removed.

Despite the ordeal, he was still hoping for a better life.

“My father was a fighter, he was a survivor, he never settled for anything less and wanted the very best for his family and those around him. He fought until the very end.

“Over the years my father has served in various religious, welfare and community-based organisations including Cansa, he was the PRO for Tongaat Interfaith Religious Committee, the founder of Jayanathan Food Aid and many more,” she said.

DA leader in KwaZulu-Natal Zwakele Mcwango said Jayanathan would be remembered for his great community work.

He said Jayanathan was a great leader whose interest was to serve the community at large.

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