“Mr Coetzee epitomised humility, dedication and service to the people in all the tasks he had been given as an activist and also as a professional,” Zuma said in a statement.
“He was diligent to his work as Secretary of Parliament until his last days. He will be dearly remembered for his dedication to the struggle for liberation and also to making South Africa a better place for all.”
Zuma extended his condolences to Coetzee’s family.
Coetzee died on Friday night, following a battle with cancer.
He joined Parliament in 2002 as its deputy secretary after being secretary of the Gauteng legislature for a number of years. Coetzee was appointed secretary of Parliament in 2012.
“May his soul rest in peace,” said Zuma.