Tributes pour in for Roy Padayachie

2012-05-05 12:36

Johannesburg - Government, political parties and trade unions on Saturday expressed sadness at the death of Public Service and Administration Minister Roy Padayachie.

President Jacob Zuma said no words could express the loss that he felt at the news.

"On behalf of myself, the Cabinet, government and the people of South Africa, I would like to express our inner most sense of loss and despair at the passing of Minister Padayachie," Zuma said.

"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."

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.

'Champion of the poor'

The African National Congress said Padayachie was a committed member of the party whose life was defined by his continued activism and his work amongst the poorest communities.

"Even in death he will remain the champion of the poor," spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said.

ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga said he was deeply saddened by the news.

"We are in an absolute state of shock and words cannot begin to describe the deep sadness that has engulfed all of us," he said.

He said Padayachie was without a doubt one of the most talented, experienced and visionary government leaders with unmatched ability to fit in whatever portfolio he was deployed to.

"His commitment to the struggle for South Africa’s liberation saw him dedicate his life to service to the people."

The Democratic Alliance said it was shocked and saddened to hear of the Padayachie's death.

"Minister Padayachie was an able and hard-working member of Cabinet, who was always responsive and available to engage with the DA," national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said.

"He will be missed in Parliament, in Cabinet, and indeed by all who worked with him or under him in his long and distinguished career in service of South Africa."

Service to the South African people

Congress of the People leader Mosioua Lekota said Padayachie left behind a long track record of service to the South African people.

"We add our voice to those of many others in conveying our sincere condolences to his family, the ANC and all formations in which he served," he said.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said Padayachie died as he lived, working hard for his country and continent.

"He devoted his life to serving his people, especially the poorest and most oppressed," Cosatu said in a statement.

Padayachie would be sorely missed.

The National Education Health and Allied Workers Union said Padayachie's death was a major blow to the alliance and the country in general.

"Padayachie's death comes at a time when the nation is crying for hardworking and selfless leaders like him and as public service workers, we were still looking forward to working with him to improve the public service," spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said.

He added Padayachie was a dedicated and disciplined cadre who executed his duties with honesty and excellence.

"The nation will always remember his contribution to the struggle for freedom and his dedication to the transformation of our society. The working class will remember his efforts to better the lives of the poor for years to come," said Pamla.

The SA Communist Party sent its condolences to Padayachie's family and friends.

"Comrade Roy has dedicated almost his entire life to serve our democratic movement and all South Africans with absolute commitment, when asked by the movement to do so in different capacities," the SACP said.

Padayachie's exemplary behaviour and commitment would continue to inspire generations of cadres to serve their people selflessly without any expectations of personal or material rewards.

"The SACP will sorely miss comrade Padayachie’s sharp intellect and capacity for strategic thinking. He had an incisive and analytical mind, and ability to analyse problems and challenges in a holistic, yet principled manner."


Radhakrishna Lutchmana "Roy" Padayachie was born on May 1, 1950 and joined the ANC in 1972.

He was a microbiologist at Reckitt and Colman from 1976 to 1979, he also worked as research chemist at Shell Chemical from 1979 to 1980, while working underground as an ANC operative.

He was a trustee of the Transitional National Development Trust serving on its audit and finance committees and its policy advisory group for the establishment of the National Development Agency.

He served as executive member of the Natal Indian Congress and executive committee member of the United Democratic Front in KwaZulu-Natal.

He was also a member of ANC KwaZulu-Natal negotiating team at Congress for a Democratic South Africa.

A business consultant, he strove to champion the small, medium and micro enterprises until he was appointed deputy minister of communications in April 2004 and deputy minister of public service and administration in 2010.

"We have lost a worker, an academic, a cadre and a soldier for a better South Africa, may his family be consoled by the work he has done for the country and its people," said Zuma.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-05-05 12:56

    True Cadre and advocate of peace, equality and national prosperity. RIP Comrade. The high quality moral fibre within the ranks of politics is depleted.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-05 14:18

      Fallen never forgotten,

  • Rob - 2012-05-05 13:25

    Yes indeed ! Words fail me @ this moment. " " !

  • esethu3 - 2012-05-05 13:34

    RIP Roy....can my dear South Africans remember that they are humans and stop with the heartless comments. READ THE ARTICLE BEFORE YOU COMMENT.... READ IT!!! Not everyone in the ANC is BAD.

      Nolwazi - 2012-05-05 13:45

      It's true not all politicians are bad,plz people of Mzansi stop being cruel and heartless,to Roy's family know that God will make u smile again.

      Irene - 2012-05-05 16:27

      Maybe he just wasn't caught with his hands in the cookie jar. An cANCer member that's not corrupt? Oh puleeeeeez!

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-05 18:27

      Continue with your Ranting Irene, You are doing your fellow Afropeans a disfavour along with your troop of detractors. At the very least show respect to a dedicated Man that put RSA before anything else. May he R.I.P.

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-07-11 16:47

      Show some respect to his family, he was a good man, rest in peace and blessings to his loved ones

  • bobi.tsotetsi - 2012-05-05 13:49

    Its sad indeed a man who had died to his ambitions to serve us is gone may his soul rest in peace. zuma dnt live like u not gonna pass hard workers are pasing. wat a loss

  • bernpm - 2012-05-05 13:51

    "de mortuis nisi bene...."

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-05-05 13:52

    I am sorry for the lost of mr Padayachie as he was doing a good job. RIP

      George - 2012-05-06 02:25

      Can you elaborate. As Minister pf Public Service and Administration he had the privilege of enforcing the Batho Pele principles of public service and call the corrupt politicians and cadres to order. Did he do that?

  • lmnaidoo - 2012-05-05 13:56

    I worked with Roy in the early days of his involvement in the community. Together with Pravin Gordon the Croftdene Residents Association was formed. Then the Chatsworth Housing Action Committee..UDF..etc. Sympathy to Sally and the Family. A great man born from the early struggle years. Logs Naidoo (jace)

  • SM1012 - 2012-05-05 14:10

    My sincere sympathies to the Padayache of the true Civil Servant in the Zuma Leadership in Govt.

  • Bambanani - 2012-05-05 14:14

    may u rest in peace

  • Henry - 2012-05-05 14:20

    Bekeyofunan' eEgypt egula?.. eish...maar... My condolenses to his family and friends. Akwehlanga lungehli...

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-05-05 14:41

    Please news24 don't keep him in the news for the next 10 weeks

      Rob - 2012-05-05 14:44

      Exactly...Just like that other fallen comrade from the E.C, last week.

  • Siphiwo - 2012-05-05 14:49

    In life, it is not the years you have lived that counts, what counts, is how you lived those years. Comrade Roy, may your soul, rest in peace. Your contribution to human-upliftment, will always be remembered. Go well friend.

  • RObert - 2012-05-05 15:26

    Why the death visits an innocent people and forget some useless people under this sun?

      Toks - 2012-05-05 16:06

      exatlyy my thought. You are a living testimony of this mystery.

  • Benny - 2012-05-05 15:55

    very good leader--- no scandal 2 our knowledge(we are proud of yr model legacy-a true cadre of our mov't)RIP

  • Ona - 2012-05-05 19:20

    Rest in peace DAD u shall be dearly missed, your death is still unbelievable but atleast we knw u in Gods handz

  • Thando - 2012-05-05 19:26

    Our movement is blessed with a high calibre of leaders....

  • anita.gounden - 2012-05-05 20:19

    There are some people who come into you life and make an impact. Minister Roy Padayachee was one such person who touched the lives of many. He give his life to the struggle and worked tirelessly in the democratic South Africa. May your should rest in peace.

  • Kobus - 2012-05-06 00:19

    Our hearts go out to the family and loved once of the late Min Padayachie. I have not worked long with you, but you made a impact on me as someone who wanted to improve the lives of our countryman. RIP Kobus Marais MP DA Shadow Minister for Public Service and Administration

  • 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

  • Sonja - 2012-05-06 16:26

    WHO...never heard of him

  • AK - 2012-05-09 10:36

    The officials and members of the Andhra Maha Sabha of South Africa convey sincere condolences to Mrs Sally Padayachee and her family on the sudden passing away of late Minister Roy Padayachee. We pray that Lord Venkateswara will grant the family the strength and fortitude to bear this tremendous loss. We will miss this great struggle hero. A.K. Naidoo

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