Former Minister Makhenkesi Stofile dies

President Jacob Zuma has extended his condolences to the family and friends of Arnold Makhenkesi Stofile.

Stofile, who was currently serving as the Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare, was a former ambassador, Cabinet Minister and Eastern Cape Premier. He passed away on Monday.

It is still unclear at this stage what the cause of death was.

“The 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,” said President Zuma.

Stofile, a veteran of the liberation struggle, became the first Chief Whip of the ANC in Parliament in 1994 and later served as the Premier of the Eastern Cape and later Minister of Sport and Recreation in the third democratic administration. Most recently he served as Ambassador to Germany.

The highly regarded and respected Stofile was considered a strict disciplinarian and a fierce administrator from his days at Fort Hare and during the struggle against racism in sport at the height of the struggle for liberation.

He was born on 27 December 1944 in the Winterberg District of Adelaide, Eastern Cape.

Source: Government Communication and Information System