SA Rugby on Monday said was it was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former struggle rugby stalwart and South African Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile. He was 71.
Makhenkesi 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 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).
He studied theology and in 1975 was ordained as a minister of the Presbyterian Church of SA. He became Minister of Sport and Recreation in 2004, a position he held until 2010.
“Rev Stofile 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,” said Oregan Hoskins, President of SA Rugby. – REPORTER