Cabinet minister Roy Padayachie dies

2012-05-05 07:26

Pretoria - Cabinet minister Roy Padayachie, 62, has died in Ethiopia, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi confirmed on Saturday.

"The minister died of natural causes," Manyi said.

He had been minister of public service and administration since October 2011.

Padayachie was attending a meeting of the African Peer Review Mechanism in Addis Ababa.

The two-day meeting Padayachie was attending is a high level discussion between ministers and top government officials who report directly to their respective heads of state.

Padayachie was part of the APR focal point select committee.

On the agenda was a discussion on integrating the mechanism into the African Union.

He joined the African National Congress in 1972.

  • georgebrightons - 2012-05-05 07:32

    May his soul R.I.P. Condolences to his family.

      Jacobus - 2012-05-05 09:38

      Thumbs speaks out in a deafening loud silence....

      frank.hartry - 2012-05-05 09:44

      At 62 it is doubtful that he died of natural causes like idiot Manyi says. With ANC staLWART Sicelo who died recently, many people are saying he dies of an AIDS related disease. The ANC is seemingly to ashamed to tell the truth so we will never really know. According to Manyi Sicelo was a man of integrity and honour. Even the DA do not stop praising him. Have we taxpayers and the public protector perhaps been wrong all along?

      John - 2012-05-06 05:12

      Wow South Africans have become so cynical that we thumbs down wishing him R.I.P....

  • georgebrightons - 2012-05-05 07:32

    May his soul R.I.P. Condolences to his family. Hero of the heroes.

      John - 2012-05-06 05:13

      Thumbs down again.... :/ really people?

  • Mlungisi - 2012-05-05 07:32

    R.I.P mr minister and condolences to the family.

  • mthokozisi.mbele - 2012-05-05 07:35

    May his soul rest in peace...

  • afrikeni - 2012-05-05 07:37

    Sorry comrade, rest in peace!

      laren.reddy - 2012-05-06 07:52

      WTF! How can you "thumbs down" a considerate and affectionate comment?! Is it due to the use of the word "comrade"?!

  • marumobongani - 2012-05-05 07:40

    Ok what was he doing in ethopia?what natural causes are those?

      georgebrightons - 2012-05-05 08:05

      Diplomatic mission. Health status a privacy. Understand your Contitution or get a free consultation about your constitution .

  • Andile - 2012-05-05 07:41

    Friederik, eish these 'flies'? Each time you see 'them' you just feel like crushing 'them' I guess? Dying so far from home really is bad. Rest In Peace Minister!! I wish you lived to see the Digital migration of TV that you had pushed for.

      charles.kgokane - 2012-05-05 08:32

      Cde roy ul b dearly missed by mzansi n de world @large;ua contribution 2de struggle is so huge:may ua soul rip.

  • retsibile - 2012-05-05 07:41

    May his soul rest in peace

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-05 09:35

      It so sad to read these comments ,re the death of a cabinet member, and the ,thumbs up/down responses from other readers. There is nothing wrong with being ( very ) critical of a government. But the amount of HATRED many show here, is not only disturbing, but SICKENING !!!!

  • Brett - 2012-05-05 07:41

    Why are we sending government officials to ethiopia? Just another waste of money.

      mkgatla3 - 2012-05-05 07:57

      Wich planet are u from???????

      Squeegee - 2012-05-05 07:59

      So Brett, are you advocating that SA must isolate itself from the world. Go live in North Korea.

      ttshabalala - 2012-05-05 08:07

      Brett, you just asked a question that you clearly have no answer to. Instead of finding out why it was necessary for the minister to be in Ethiopia, you are already making an uninformed judgment that it was a waste of money. “You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.” ? Harlan Ellison

      Brett - 2012-05-05 08:10

      No I'm advocating that we send our ministers to countries like switzerland or denmark so that they can learn how to improve our country.

      Brett - 2012-05-05 08:37

      @Quade please substantiate your ridiculous remarks with facts.

      Lady - 2012-05-05 08:45

      May his soul rest in peace @ Brett you are so lame

      Koos - 2012-05-05 08:45

      Killed thousands, you are confused or are you talking about you beloved ancESTORS? You should educate yourself about the facts, but then again, if you are educated you will not embrace the incompetant, corrupt ancESTORS.

      Lady - 2012-05-05 09:02

      @ Ignorant Koos know the history of a country you live in.You guys just love embarrassing your selves.

      Koos - 2012-05-05 09:11

      So, according to your logic thousands are not murdered in the townships anymore? Black on black violence were mot caused by the system. If it was the case why are there still a high amount of black on black violence? If you do the numbers you will realise more people are murdered yearly for the past 15 years than at any time before that. I don't eat marmite. I prefer roast beef or polony.

      Brett - 2012-05-05 09:17

      Quade I have not made one reference to race. You have made many you low life racist.

      Quade - 2012-05-05 09:28

      Roast beef or polony? U Peanut butter is still a luxury to the masses. The system that started the rot was apartheid.

      Koos - 2012-05-05 09:32

      I work for my money. So, I can buy what I want. Perhaps the masses should ask if they too can have some cake.

      Brett - 2012-05-05 09:35

      Quade 30 billion rand went missing last year. That would have bought a lot of peanut butter. And somehow you blame the previous government for this?

      Brett - 2012-05-05 09:39

      And Quade, I am far from being an elitisi I work 10 hours a day to make ends meet.

      Quade - 2012-05-05 09:45

      Hey Brett. Don't take it personal but we both know that u r a racist. I am sure u wish u could use an ox wagon an the streets.

      Quade - 2012-05-05 09:58

      Ok. Enough chatting. It was great exercising my right to freedom of expression with you \gentlemen\. I hope u enjoy the rugby, biltong and braai. What a great country. We need the likes of you to make it better.

      Koos - 2012-05-05 10:12

      Thanks for the debate. The sky is the limit! :)

      Jacqui - 2012-05-05 10:47

      Quade, killed thousands!!!! Please elaborate.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-05 10:50

      Lady, you are not doing badly in the embarrassing yourself department either.

      Ask - 2012-05-05 16:07

      @Brett - Read slowly ... The minister was on diplomatic mission... It would be a waste of money to send him to Switzerland, because we already know how they operate... they hide Nazi billions and stolen money from Holocaust victims, including NP stolen money. SA will NOT get another white el Presidente; so live with it... I'm not an ANC supporter; but RIP comrade... you will be missed.

      Jerry - 2012-05-05 18:37

      Brett, are you for real?

  • phindani.chamane - 2012-05-05 07:42

    may his soul rest in peace

  • Itumeleng - 2012-05-05 07:43

    I remember him as the easily accesible Deputy Minister and eventually Minister of Communocations, RIP comrade Padayachie, you've sereved your country well.

      Koos - 2012-05-05 08:47

      Was he the reason why the digital TV shambles are still with us?

  • bhele.mzinyati - 2012-05-05 07:44

    May his soul rest in peace. Hamba kahle qabane.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-05 07:44

    Rest in peace comrades're tla mo gopola boshego le mosegare

  • Bongani - 2012-05-05 07:54

    May his soul rest in peace. You have done a good work for the Country

      Koos - 2012-05-05 08:25

      List the good deeds please or can we say he was a honest ancESTOR.

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-05-05 07:56

    If you are opposition u don't have to oppose even a good thing. People must learn to read the whole story before commenting because it shows how smart u are.News24 gave a clear story now some asking what was He doing there. RIP our fellow S African

      ttshabalala - 2012-05-05 08:41

      Khetha, people are using this forum to voice their political opinions, no matter how relevant those opinions are to the story. I honestly think sometimes they don't even read as they are burning to make comments. It is sad!

      Christopher - 2012-05-05 10:22

      Hi man the comment is not about the opposition is about the behavior of our politicians.Mr Roy Padayachi didn't commit any corruption n he didn't steal 4m the poor like Comrades Shiceka who used state money 2 visit his gf in jail.Let's fight corruption irrespective passed away or not.Shiceka doesn't deserve states funeral cos he stole our tax

  • Raj - 2012-05-05 07:58

    Rest in Peace Comrade Roy. You have done your share for this country

      madala.p.banda - 2012-05-05 08:28

      What really happened there in ethopia, all what I heard is that the minister died in Ethopia. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Bheki Mpofu - 2012-05-05 08:01

    Padayache would've changed a lot in his ministry during his tenure,my condolences to his family.His role in the struggle was somewhat indesputable,unlike that of Shiceka who enjoyed a life of crass materialism at the expense of taxpayer's money.The latter deserved to die not the former.

  • Bheki Mpofu - 2012-05-05 08:01

    Padayache would've changed a lot in his ministry during his tenure,my condolences to his family.His role in the struggle was somewhat indesputable,unlike that of Shiceka who enjoyed a life of crass materialism at the expense of taxpayer's money.The latter deserved to die not the former.

  • Loyiso - 2012-05-05 08:03

    To the Family of Comrade strong and know we all feel your pain! Rest in Peace!

  • Sonja - 2012-05-05 08:04

    WHO ??? never heard of him

  • Sonja - 2012-05-05 08:06

    oh boy....state funerals are becoming like state weddings these days. one a month!!!!! I hope we can afford it.

      Koos - 2012-05-05 08:49

      as long as it is a public holiday.

  • De - 2012-05-05 08:07

    Minister, we will miss your leadership. Employee

  • Anton - 2012-05-05 08:10

    I wonder what kind of hotel he was staying in?

  • wsidina1 - 2012-05-05 08:13

    May his soul rest in peace....

  • Pule - 2012-05-05 08:19

    State funeral or not we all going 6Fts under...We'll never see him again.Atleast he's not having scandals like Sicheka therefore his Soul rest in peace.Sicheka go to hell.

  • boitshoko.percy - 2012-05-05 08:31

    R.I.P. Minister god knows y u ,

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-05-05 08:31

    Rest in Peace Dear Friend, May God grant peace and healing to the family.

  • Mmatebogo - 2012-05-05 08:33

    Minister Roy also dead?

  • George - 2012-05-05 08:37

    Sad to pass away so far from home and family.....condolences. I must say that it is heartening to see what I presume to be colleagues and comrades of this ANC official,reading NEWS 24. Please cadres take note of the mismanagement and corruption of the ANC REGIME, and lets see you acting and speaking out against these despicable acts.

      Koos - 2012-05-05 08:50

      Better to be murdered in your own home?

  • Glyn - 2012-05-05 08:40

    Who cares a rats when he joined the anc!

      onke.mcilongo - 2012-05-05 09:01

      zidengendini he human n dead, he has nothing to do with the anc now. May his soul RIP

      dentamokhabz - 2012-05-05 09:06

      Just b human a person life is lost u come with your idiot thinking

  • marah.louw - 2012-05-05 08:45

    May His Soul R.I.P. My sincere condolences to the family and to my ANC.

      Koos - 2012-05-05 08:52

      I hope you have the ballsto tell your grand kids one day why their country is in such a shambles.

  • barco.thulani - 2012-05-05 08:48

    My condolence's to the family,may his soul RIP,its a lost to the ANC.

  • bhola - 2012-05-05 08:50

    RIP Mr Padayachee

  • Lady - 2012-05-05 08:52

    Why so many thumps down on the IRP comments.People of this country what happened to ubuntu.A well respected minister just died.Show some respect.

      Koos - 2012-05-05 08:56

      Ubuntu is a myth. Raping mentally ill people are reality.

      Lady - 2012-05-05 09:07

      There we go again.@ Koos I see where you are going with this and If you think am gonna entertain your lame comments you must be living in a fools paradise.Keep you negative comments to your self.

      Daft - 2012-05-05 09:17

      Will neva respect a communist

      Koos - 2012-05-05 09:23

      I'm not going anywhere. The rape did happen or is that the lame comment? Please tell me what he did for the country(not ancESTORS) to deserve respect. I don't know him so please tell me.

  • dentamokhabz - 2012-05-05 09:03

    A bad week for our country loosing two prominent in a week.

  • Sibusiso - 2012-05-05 09:07

    RIP, condolences to your family, may the good God be with them

  • Dorlacker Sydwell - 2012-05-05 09:08


  • Rodney - 2012-05-05 09:12

    lol the ignorance of the comments here are rather amusing,lets get our facts straight before making idiotic where can one have a intelligant debate or are we are country of morons

  • Daft - 2012-05-05 09:15

    Cherioooo...bye bye

  • dave.prinsloo - 2012-05-05 09:15

    the thumbs down thing must be a glitch that has been appearing on n24. Makes no sense. In any case, a place open on the gravy train! Who's gonna be uplifted? Damn I would like a compartment close to the kitchen wagon

  • Ken - 2012-05-05 09:16

    Am a white DA supporter and don't know what Roy's death has to do with ANC. Anyone in the IT world knows that he was a good intelligent man.He was appointed Minister of Communications for a short period and everyone was happy (because of his knowledge)including opposition parties. It's hard to believe but there are a few good people in the ANC. Seems most of you have a problem that he was Indian.

      Lady - 2012-05-05 09:23

      @ Ken well said

      Hat3d - 2012-05-05 09:43

      Agreed, he did a lot of for the communications sector when he served as minister there, many were sad to see him replaced. I'm afraid blind hatred is getting the most out of many...

      Jacqui - 2012-05-05 10:58

      Ken, you are right, we do forget that there are a FEW good people in the ANC. They are snowed under by those who make a mockery out of governing this country.

      Ken - 2012-05-05 12:32

      Bit like Christians who don't like Jews. What irony.

      Raj - 2012-05-05 18:01

      I am an ANC office bearer and proud of your comments. This country can go a long way in the right direction with people like you.

  • esethu3 - 2012-05-05 09:19

    News24 should really monitor this situation here, people are so Racist and they are not hiding it. To most white people here on News24, everything associated with the ANC is bad. MR SICELO SHICEKA died, comments were made and they were heartless... if you made a comment RIP u got many dislikes... I tried to understand but still..' And now, I DONT UNDERSTAND,I dont even want to try to UNDERSTAND. RIP, MAY YOUR FAMILY FIND COMFORT AT THIS TIME.

      frank.hartry - 2012-05-05 11:39


      Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-05-06 08:14

      How much money did the National Party pay back? That I would luv to know.

  • howard.komati - 2012-05-05 09:20

    He was one of the Comrades who fought for the Liberation of blacks in SA. I dnt recall reading negative things abt him. He was a true Cadre. May his soul rest in peace Qawe la maqawe.

      frank.hartry - 2012-05-05 10:13

      Apparently he was the only honest ANC meember of parliment and cabinet minister that South Africa has had for the last twenty years. The only ANC member that was not busy looting the state coffers. That says something. Zuma only grants special state funerals to ANC politicians but this man obviously deserves that recognition for being the only honest one amongst this ANC den of thieves. RIP

      Kevin - 2012-05-05 18:38

      Frank.hartry is wrong, the were plenty of corrupt and incompetent Cabinet Ministers during the NP government era. Just as there are a few competent honest cabinet ministers in the present Government. The ratio of competent to incompetent hasn,t changed much.

  • Hudayfah - 2012-05-05 09:22

    Come on peeps,give the guy a break. Rest in peace man

  • frank.hartry - 2012-05-05 09:35

    RIP PADAYACHIE. Most of these politicians in South Africa will die of obesity in the months and years ahead. From Zuma down they do not seem to stop stuffing themselves in a continue orgy of celebrations. We see them in parliment almost taking up two seats because they are too fat and greedy. They eat cake worth thousands of rands whilst millions of people are starving. They unfortunately will die off like flies unless they curb their greedy appetites.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-05-05 09:50

    Hamba kahle Mkhonto...We Mkhonto...Mkhonto weSizwe

  • Chuck - 2012-05-05 10:10

    Just this week i was watching hiö talking abt the death of Shiceka',now he's gone too.May his soul rest in peace.He will always be remembered by the role he played in polical arena and the non nonsence attitude.Surely he has done his part,its up to us to carry the ANC forward.Viva cde Viva!

  • themba.ntuli - 2012-05-05 10:40

    What kind of God punishes people by killing them, no matter what anc leaders have done to the nation lets us not say when they pass away that god is dealing with them because even popes and nuns die too but they have done good deeds on earth. for the sake of respect lets leave political views aside when a politician dies even how unjust they where because its becoming a bad habit in our nation it all started when manto died the way it goes some people will do it when mandela passes away.

      Aubrey - 2012-05-05 11:15

      Just read the BIBLE you will understand what kind God I'm talking about .the way your Leaders are running this Country makes him angry and they will pay dearly one by one.

  • mukosit - 2012-05-05 11:09

    Look at this: Pneumonia = Old-aged's death Natural cause = Person was indirectly killed Short-illness = Heart attack Long-illness = HIV/AIDS

      zipho500 - 2012-05-05 11:17

      Your point being???

  • bulelani.jokweni - 2012-05-05 12:27

    We as S.A we have lost the combrate,leader,the hero,the father,the friend,our minister as he was always doing well.we will always be with the Padayachie's family on a dark days.thank you