Padayachie 'a committed patriot'

2012-05-05 09:20

Pretoria - Cabinet minister Roy Padayachie was a committed patriot who died in the service of his country, the deputy minister of public service and administration said on Saturday.

"I have lost a comrade," deputy minister Ayanda Dlodlo said.

Padayachie, the minister of public service and administration, was found dead in his hotel room in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia by a South African colleague. He was attending a meeting of the African Peer Review Mechanism.

Last conversation with wife

Dlodlo said his wife, Sally, had spoken to him on the telephone on Friday evening and he promised to call her back in twenty minutes. The call never came.

"In that conversation he had been so excited about the meeting and the input South Africa was making," Dlodlo said. He told her the meeting had been extremely fruitful.

Padayachie had joined the public service and administration ministry in October last year. He was minister of communication and before that deputy minister of public service and administration.

"He came back with a bang," Dlodlo said, "He understood the department and was very hands on."

"Roy died without scandal, a committed patriot and distinguished member of the African National Congress," she said.

"The saddest thing is to die out of the country but he went in the line of duty with his boots on."

  • fuzile.matoto - 2012-05-05 09:41

    He was a minister of note, a true patriot devoted to his country and its people may his soul rest in peace.

  • francois.smith.7 - 2012-05-05 09:48

    It is gross that the ANC has to declare that someone died without scandal. It states their state of mind. Minister Padayachie was a capable minister and it is sad to loose him.

      Smile - 2012-05-05 09:49

      Well said! Very true!

      Stewart - 2012-05-05 13:50

      Without saying the only good anc is a dead anc

      Sam - 2012-05-05 14:20

      Chris Hani died without scandals

  • Mambotho - 2012-05-05 09:48

    Sad shame, my heart goes out to family and friends. It's never easy loosing a loved one.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-05-05 09:49

    Hamba kahle Mkhonto.... We Mkhonto.... Mkhonto Wesizwe.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-05 09:52

    Mr Padayachie is a freedom fighter,exemplary 2 the youth of south africa n africa s a hole.He didn't commit any crime nor corruption like others who stealing 4m the poor.may his soul rest in peace.$ Compatriot$

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-05-05 10:04

    No matter what anybody says. He died alone, in a hotel room away from his home and family and serving his country. May he R I P and condolences to his family.

      George - 2012-05-05 10:11

      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.

  • Thabo - 2012-05-05 10:11

    May his soul R I P.....*sad*

  • Kapei - 2012-05-05 10:30

    cde mister minister Padayachi was a loyal member of ANC and good citizen of SA we say May His Soul Rest In Peace

  • Koos - 2012-05-05 10:37

    Be the judge: Post Office Digital migration (fail to call the board to order) Post Bank Sentech Ham Radio licence increase from R27 to R120.

      Hat3d - 2012-05-05 10:54

      If one man is responsible for a world of over 8 billion then you are guilty of destroying it...

  • collins.makgopa - 2012-05-05 10:38

    May his soul find solace in de Lord.

  • Ntombizakhona Nkosi - 2012-05-05 10:40

    May his soul rest in peace

  • Thando - 2012-05-05 10:46

    A fearless patriot, a committed member of th African National Congress, a comrade......who later served th country in various gov structures.......hamba kahle child of th African soil. Let yo commitment 2 th struggle be th glue th ANC needs in these trying times.

      Litha Thando Yono Ka-Zola - 2012-05-05 11:25

      We salute you Roy. I imagine you marching towards the pearly gates, knowing you have done your best in the liberation of South Africans from Apartheid and you served with distinction in the various portfolios you served in government. Aluta Continua

  • mandla.ngubane - 2012-05-05 10:47

    Much repect to Minister, de work he hs done 4 South Africa

  • Jacques - 2012-05-05 10:53

    Absolute tragedy, but I have a comment that has nothing to do with the deceased: how about this militant speak? \Died in the line of duty with his boots on\ \comrade\... You'd swear we are IN a war!

      Hat3d - 2012-05-05 11:04

      Read the comments the ANC are at war with racism, its why the people will continue to vote for them...

  • mzuvukile.mbanjana - 2012-05-05 11:20

    May his soul rest in peace. He indeed, served South Africa with distinction .

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  • kev47 - 2012-05-05 12:21

    There are few good ministers in government, and one of those few is now gone. My condolences to family and friends.

  • mkgatla3 - 2012-05-05 14:11

    People who dislike condolence status to Roy are not South Africans...They are southern afrikansE...never mind them! They are always negative to ANC articles.

  • Mario - 2012-05-05 15:37

    May His Soul Rest in Peace,I hope cabinet reshuffle that de President will b making if the is any will yield good results,we need committed people lyk de late Roy not corrupt officals or deployee,let de department continue where he left of for a better public service.

  • Andre - 2012-05-05 18:42

    Many South Africans seem to have short memories. While it is always sad to comment negatively after someone has passed on, almost universal whitewashing of the late Mr Padayachie is a bit rich. Not so long ago, the late Mr Padayachie attracted considerable press comment due to his extravagant ways with travel and accommodation expenses. fogey

  • Thulani - 2012-05-05 19:01

    He was a good man of intergrity may his soul rest in peace and sincere condelesence to his wife Sally.

  • Joseph - 2012-05-05 19:13

    This is another greate loss for south africa indeed may his soul rest in piece we realy need a person of his nature

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