One politician that I really liked, Roy Padayachie, passed away while on a trip to Ethopia. I first met Padayachie in 2005, when he was deputy minister of the Department of Communications and over the years I interviewed him on telecommunications issues.
I found Padayachie very sweet, kind and easy to relate to. To me, he wasn't just a politician; he was just this really nice human being I happened to periodically interview. He never made a fuss when I brought Baby to press conferences, government function and interviews with him ( when I couldn't find a sitter). Sometimes he even spent a minute or two chatting her up, asking her if she was having fun. And he didn't mind that I always gave him a hug every time we met:-)
His death was really unexpected and I'm sure, a great blow to his family and colleaques. As for me, I'm sad that South Africa has lost a politician who so easily related to us ordinary people.