Former Lions chief executive officer Manie Booysen passed away on Saturday as a result of contracting Covid-19.
He was 66 years old.
According to Netwerk24, Booysen had tested positive for Covid-19 before his death.
Booysen was the head at Ellis Park from January 2013 to June 2014, a difficult period in which they dropped out of Super Rugby and were replaced by the Kings.
Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby paid tribute to Booysen calling him "a rugby man of great pedigree".
“Manie really was a wonderful man with so much empathy, love for his family and sadly for us, a rugby man of great pedigree," said Alexander.
“The rugby fraternity has lost someone who really cared for the game, from the early days as a player at Oostelikes club till his time as CEO of the Golden Lions.
“We really feel for Magda, his children and grandchildren as they have lost a great husband, dad and grandfather,” added Alexander.
Alexander said that Booysen had served the Lions well during a difficult time in their history.
“A most diligent man and always immaculate in his appearance and place of work, Manie was a fine example of how constructive we can be as human beings,” added Mr Alexander.
“He will be missed by all with sadness, but also gratitude that we knew a man who showed us the best of mankind,” said Alexander.
- Compiled by Sport24 staff