MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Bongi Sithole-Moloi, joins
millions of South Africans and the international rugby family in mourning the
death of Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen.
passing away has robbed us of one of South Africa's greatest ambassadors on and
off the rugby field. The mention of his name ignites very fond memories of his
heroic performances as part of the national rugby team, the Springboks. One of
the most memorable moments was his contribution to nation building and social
cohesion as part of the 1995 Springbok team that lifted the Rugby World Cup in
front of our icon, the late President Nelson Mandela.
to home in KZN he will always be remembered for his gallant performance during
the test match against the All Blacks at King's Park Stadium in Durban, when he
inspired one of the greatest comebacks in rugby history when the Springboks were
trailing 22-6 with 15 minutes to go.
Africa has lost a hero, a true legend and leader who showed great character and
fighting spirit during his playing days and in the past years of his battle
against the illness. Coincidentally he died during February which we have
declared the month of legends in our Province,” said MEC Sithole-Moloi.
behalf of the Provincial Government and the people of KwaZulu-Natal we wish to
extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and the rugby
fraternity. May his soul rest in peace,” she said.