Parliament remembers former minister Makhenkesi Stofile

South Africans have sent messages of condolences after the former minister died yesterday.

"Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe (L) is pictured with Makhenkesi Stofile (R) at Tegel Airport, Berlin, Germany in 2012. Picture: Elmond Jiyane/GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament has praised the contribution of the late Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile in achieving a non-racial and democratic South Africa.

The former sport and recreation minister died after an illness yesterday.

He also previously served as ambassador to Germany.

Individuals, institutions and political parties sent messages of condolences in honour of the late minister.

At the time of his death, Stofile was chancellor of the University of Fort Hare.

Parliamentary spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs says Stofile made an invaluable contribution to South African society.

Stofile was a member of the 2010 Fifa World Cup local organising committee board of directors.

He also led campaigns for non-racialism in sport.