Baby Jake Matlala not forgotten

By Drum Digital
09 December 2013

Tributes have been pouring in following the death of local boxer Jacob “Baby Jake” Matlala.

Social Media was set ablaze with news of the boxer's death.

Baby Jake died at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg on Saturday, following a battle with a lung condition.

Many of his fans speak bravely of short in stature and caused the fighter to have a successful career spanning 22 years.

He’s survived by his wife and two children.

Sowetan reports that National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu and his deputy Nomanidia Mfeketo, and the Parliament extended condolences on Matlala's passing.

"Our thoughts are with Mr Matlala's family and friends as they come to terms with his passing."

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