President Jacob Zuma has expressed deep sadness and extended heartfelt condolences on the passing of the legendary former South African Rugby Union (SARU) Captain Salie Fredericks, who passed on yesterday, 06 July 2017, at the age of 74 and is being laid to rest today, 07 July 2017.
Mr Fredericks was an exceptional lock in nine in non-racial rugby in the 1960s and 1970s and played in over 200 games for Western Province and nine games for the SARU national team between 1963 and 1974, with his last match at Athlone Stadium in September 1974.
The country has lost one of its best ever rugby players who made an indelible contribution to rugby and fought for non racialism in sport. He was a remarkable player who selflessly chose to make a difference in South Africa’s sporting code, especially in teaching black youngsters. We wish to convey our condolences to the Fredericks family and the sports fraternity at large. May his soul rest in peace. said President Zuma.
Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa