ANC mourns former ECape Premier’s passing

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 15, 2016

The Presidency has extended its condolences to the family of former Eastern Cape Premier and Minister for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Makhenkesi Stofile, following his death on Monday.

“Our nation mourns the passing of this distinguished freedom fighter and a dedicated servant of our people, for whom no task was big or small. We wish to convey our deepest condolences to his family during this painful and difficult period,” it said in statement.

In a post on twitter, the African National Congress (ANC) said Stofile, who was serving as South Africa’s ambassador to Germany, has recently returned from a diplomatic posting before liking his death to that of a “fallen great baobab tree”. He died at his home in Alice with the exact cause still unknown.

“Bra Stoff was a true revolutionary leader whose ideas and contribution to the cause of the struggle for the liberation of our people will forever inspire the generations of man to come,” ANC regional spokesperson Gift Ngqondi told News24.

“He will be counted in the history books as amongst those heroes and heroines of our struggle who volunteered their entire life for the cause of the freedom and dignity of our people”.