Tributes for Padayachie

2012-05-09 16:40

Durban - Glowing tributes marked the funeral service of public service and administration minister Roy Padayachie in Durban on Wednesday.

He was a man of great character, fortitude and morality, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said.

"In remembering Roy today we feel robbed that he will no longer be able to impact [us with] his wisdom, strategic thinking, implement policies and inspire us to do more."

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize described Padayachie as soldier who had fallen in the line of duty.

"Roy was a remarkable man and made outstanding achievements. He represents the dying breed of leaders with humility, who work hard, are honest and care more for others than himself."

Padayachie died in a hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Friday during a working visit to that country.

Dlamini-Zuma said he embodied "what it means to be a beautiful human being".

"In the time I knew him he would never put off to tomorrow what could be done today."

She said Padayachie was committed to early learning and development with children.

"He never turned his back on his community and the poor."

Mkhize said Padayachie was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

"He was able to respect everyone. He never brought his name up to show his experience in the struggle. He was always working from the back giving strategic advice."

African National Congress members and Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi were also present.

President Jacob Zuma was expected to deliver a eulogy.

Padayachie is survived by his wife Sally and two children.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-09 17:18

    It will be interesting to learn what this man did for the poor. I seem to recall that he was involved with the granting of massive salary increases for government officials, as well as being instrumental in getting obscene perks written into the so-called "Handbook" for government ministers and MP's.

  • George - 2012-05-09 18:35

    Can Zuma now please attend every funeral of a murdered, raped, tortured, hijacked victim in our country and give eulogies. He will soon want to BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY NOW!

  • Charl - 2012-05-09 18:41

    All the ANC can say is the struggle. I think it is about time that they stop the boring saying that over and over. but then what else can they say that will make sense.

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