SA Rugby, Safa pay tribute to Makhenkesi Stofile
Deputy Sports Minister Gert Oosthuizen confirmed news of Stofile’s death earlier this afternoon.
Stofile was an accomplished scrumhalf at Newell High School in Port Elizabeth and captained the University of Fort Hare first XV at both scrumhalf and wing in his playing days.
In 1969 and 1970 he played for Border rugby team in inter-provincial tournaments as a hooker. He also coached junior and club rugby.
He was also a leading administrator and served as a provincial and national sports administrator for more than 20 years, serving rugby as a member of the Victoria East Rugby Union, the South Eastern District Rugby Union, and the pre-rugby unity South African Rugby Union (Saru).
In 1981 he visited New Zealand on behalf of the Anti-Tours Coalition and again in 1985 where he led a successful campaign against a planned All Black tour of South Africa that year.
"I would like to pass on the condolences of the South African rugby community to the family and friends of the Rev Stofile," said President of SA Rugby Oregan Hoskins.
"He made an invaluable contribution to the Struggle through his work in the sporting arena and was a real rugby man. We have lost another hero of the struggle."
"On behalf of Safa and the entire football fraternity, I want to express my deep sadness on the departure of yet one of our heroes. May his soul rest in peace. To his family, take solace from the fact that the former Minister contributed immensely to the new dispensation. This is really a sad day for all of us."
Jordaan added that this has been a terrible year in South African sport.
This has been a terrible year for our sporting heroes. Hardly have our tears dried up from the loss of several of our sporting icons who have passed on recently that we receive this sad news again."
Stofile was the Minister of Sport and Recreation in 2004, a positon he held until 2010.