May 05, 2012
A South African Cabinet minister died while attending an African Union meeting in Ethiopia, South Africa’s president said Saturday.
In a statement Saturday, President Jacob Zuma did not give a cause of death for Roy Padayachie, 62, who died Friday in the Ethiopian capital, where the AU is headquartered. Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi confirmed on Saturday "The minister died of natural causes,".
“No amount of words can express this loss that the government and people of South Africa feel,” Zuma said.
Padayachie had been moved from minister of communications to minister for public service and administration in October in a Cabinet shuffle that became necessary after other ministers were caught up in corruption scandals.
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