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President Zuma, Mbalula send condolences to Molemela family

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says the history of football in South Africa is rich because of the contributions of legends like Petrus Molemela.

The late Dr Petrus Molemela in the middle with Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: @MbalulaFikile/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula have added their voice to the long list of well wishes for the family of Bloemfontein Celtic founder Dr Petrus Molemela.

Molemela died on Sunday at the age of 83 after a lengthy illness.

Mbalula says the history of football in South Africa is rich because of the contributions of legends like Molemela.

He says Molemela’s passing presents a huge loss to the football fraternity.

“We pass our sincere condolences to the Molemela family, to Bloemfontein Celtic family, to football in general and to south Africa, to say to them they’re not alone in this time of bereavement.

“May they draw solace from the knowledge that we’re with them as the nation and as a sporting fraternity.”

The exact circumstances of his death aren't known.

Mbalula has described Molemela as a legend.

“He used his money back then to bring joy to the family of Bloemfontein Celtic and gave life to that family and to the people of Bloemfontein.”