ANC pays tribute to “Bra Stof”

By Drum Digital
15 August 2016

The African National Congress has described the death of former Eastern Cape Premier Makhenkesi Stofile as a great loss to the country and organisation.

Stofile died on Monday morning following a short illness.

“It is with great sadness that the African National Congress (ANC) has learnt of the passing of a veteran and stalwart of our movement, Comrade Reverend Dr Makhenkesi Stofile today, 15 August 2016 following illness.  The ANC owes an indelible debt of gratitude to Comrade Stofile, former Treasurer General of the ANC, Minister of Sports and Recreation and South African ambassador to Germany for his sterling role in politics and sports in both the liberation movement and South Africa at large,” ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

“Bra Stof”, as Stofile was popularly known in political circles, was born on 27 December 1944 and joined politics in 1963 as a member of the African Students’ Association. He was elected the regional secretary and National Executive Member of the United Democratic Front between 1983 and 1986; driving the charge for the establishment of the United Democratic Front (UDF) in the Border region.

His younger brother, Mike, a former SA Rugby boss and a businessman, died in September last year, also after a short illness. At the time of his death, Stofile had just returned from Germany, were he was ambassador, having previously been the national sport minister.

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