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Luyt memorial services open to the public

Memorial services will be held for the late Saru president Louis Luyt in Durban and Johannesburg.

Dr Louis Luyt (L), President of South African Rugby Football Union (SARFU), shakes hands with Dr G. Sam, who led the delegation of National Sports Council (NSC), at NSC headquarters in Johannesburg 07 April. In a surprise move, SARFU boss Louis Luyt, who has been at the centre of the dispute, arrived at the talks after saying earlier he would not take part in the discussions. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The family of late businessman and former South African Rugby Union (Saru) president, Louis Luyt, has confirmed that two memorial services will be held in Durban and Johannesburg respectively this week.

The 80-year-old passed away on Friday at the Ethekwini Hospital, after experiencing cardiac problems.

His son, Louis Luyt Jr. said both the services were open to the public, to attend.

Meanwhile the Golden Lions Rugby Union said it had learnt of his passing with "great sadness", and described him as one of South Africa's iconic rugby figures.

Luyt was the former boss of the Lions in the 1980s and Lions President Kevin de Klerk said he was an icon in the world rugby.

"He was an icon, not only in South African rugby, but in world rugby. He was highly respected for what he had done for rugby over the years."

Luyt was Saru president when the Springboks won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

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