Roy Padayachie's body returns to SA

2012-05-05 18:32

Johannesburg - The body of Public Service and Administration Minister Roy Padayachie arrived back in South Africa on Saturday, the presidency said on Saturday evening.

"Minister Padayachie's body was handed over to his family and loved ones after it arrived in Durban from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia," said spokesperson Harold Maloka in a statement.

Labour Minister Mildred Olifant and representatives of the provincial government, representing President Jacob Zuma and Cabinet, joined the family.

Padayachie, 62, was found dead in his hotel room in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia by a colleague. He was attending a meeting of the African Peer Review Mechanism.

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

Zuma personally telephoned Padayachie's wife, Sally Mudaly Padayachie, to convey his condolences.

Details of the burial would be communicated later by Minister Collins Chabane, who is the chairperson of the inter-ministerial committee on State funerals, Maloka said.

Earlier, Zuma said no words could express the loss that government and the people of South Africa felt at this loss.

"It is sadly a great measure of his dedication and personality that he was to meet his destiny and fate in pursuance of a better Africa and a better world, a goal he dedicated his entire life for it to be realised and achieved."

  • cordom - 2012-05-05 18:47

    May your soul rest in peace com.

  • sipho.nene1 - 2012-05-05 18:51

    May his soul rest in peace...PADAYACHIE!

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-05 18:59

    R.I.P Comrade,

  • elvis.sibuyi - 2012-05-05 19:07

    Condolences to his family,,anc,,and south africans as the whole country..may ur soul rest in peace..

  • godfrey.nkosi - 2012-05-05 19:10

    Rest in peace Minister.

  • Eliya Tembe - 2012-05-05 19:47

    He worked hard for our country,his death came with sadness and a big shock,may God strengthen his family and may his soul rest in peace.

  • Ullaga - 2012-05-06 05:02

    It is with unbearable shock and profound sadness that we learn of Comrade Minister Radhakrishna (Roy) Padayachie?’s passing away. He has been a champion of humanity and devoted his life to helping the poorest and most oppressed. His death is truly a great loss to his family, his people and those lives he has touched all over the world with his vision, dedication and compassion. Comrade Roy has been an ardent supporter of our own struggle for peace with justice and equality in Sri Lanka. He has pressed upon us his shared experiences and understanding of South Africa’s struggle for freedom and the importance that truth, reconciliation and accountability have in building a better future.We are truly grateful and honoured for the support Minister Padayachie has given to the Global Tamil Forum (GTF). It was a distinct honour for our organisation to be invited to participate in the African National Congress’ centennial celebrations earlier this year.We can only hope that his family will be able to console their grief knowing that Comrade Roy was not only a great man but a hardworking activist, selfless humanitarian, a freedom fighter and a defender of those less fortunate. As a valued friend of GTF, Tamils in Sri Lanka and Tamils all over world, he will be greatly missed.As president of GTF and also as a personal friend, I pray for this gracious soul to rest in eternal peace. Rev. Dr. S.J. Emmanuel President Global Tamil Forum

  • Ullaga - 2012-05-06 05:17

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  • Jonny Lee - 2012-05-06 09:24

    In pieces

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