DA councillor Kanagie Pillay. Picture: Screen grab from Facebook tribute video.
DA councillor Kanagie Pillay. Picture: Screen grab from Facebook tribute video.

DA in mourning after the death of Chatsworth councillor

By Thami Magubane Time of article published Sep 13, 2021

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DURBAN - DA councillor in the Chatsworth area, Kanagie Pillay, has died. The party said in a statement on Monday morning that the councillor had passed away on Sunday following a long illness.

“Kanagie had been a member of the party since the early 2000s and had served as a councillor in the eThekwini Municipality since 2011. She was proud to represent Chatsworth, where she was well-known and well-loved,” said the party’s caucus leader, Nicole Graham.

Graham said Pillay would be remembered for her caring attitude towards the community.

“Her passion for her community and her commitment shone through in all she did. Kanagie was a humble and generous woman who took joy in offering support and comfort to others.

“Her sense of humour could light up any room. Kanagie loved making friends and making people smile and laugh. She was active in her church community and always showed tremendous faith,” Graham said.

She said Pillay left “her beloved husband George, her children and her grandchildren”.

“We send our deepest condolences to them, her church and friends, and to the Chatsworth community.

“Kanagie will be sorely missed by all of us at the DA, where she has left a tremendous void. She will be remembered, fondly and with love, for her kindness, joy, commitment and heart,” said Graham.

DA deputy provincial chairperson for KZN Shehana Kajee wrote on Facebook: “DA KZN has lost a legend yesterday – Kanagie Pillay, you will be sorely missed. Your laughing face, your fulfilled dancing, your love for everyone and your uplifting spirit have kept us going, especially when we were feeling down. You can never be replaced. Our sincere condolences to Uncle George and your children. May God give them the strength and courage during this very difficult time.”

DA member of parliament Mergan Chetty also posted a tribute on Facebook: “...Today we received the heartbreaking news that our beloved ‘Queen‘ is no more. The late councillor Kanagie Pillay was larger than life. On behalf of South Durban Constituency, we convey our sincere condolences and sympathies to Uncle George, the family and friends. You fought the good fight, Ma, and now it’s time for you to take your seat at the table of Angels. You will be missed, dearly. May Her Soul Rest In Everlasting Peace.”

The details of her memorial service and funeral will be released later today.


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