ARNOLD Makhenkesi Stofile‚ former ambassador‚ Cabinet minister and Eastern Cape premier has died at the age of 72.
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the provincial leadership of the ANC was on their way to his home in Alice.
“The provincial leadership is on the way to his home and we will release a statement as soon as we get a confirmation from the family‚” said Kodwa.
It was not clear at this stage what the cause of death was.
Stofile was born on December 27 1944‚ in the Winterberg District of Adelaide‚ Eastern Cape.
He entered politics in 1963 as a member of the African Students’ Association‚ an ANC front organisation‚ but came to the fore on the political front only when he became the regional secretary and a member of the national executive committee of the United Democratic Front (UDF) between 1983 and 1986.
Stofile obtained a masters of arts degree from Princeton University in the US in 1983.
He was awarded a DPhil (honoris causa , or an honorary degree) by the University of Port Elizabeth in 2000.
He became a key person in the establishment and development of the UDF in the Border region.
In 1991‚ he was elected as a member of the NEC of the ANC‚ becoming its treasurer-general in 1994.
In 1994‚ he became a member of parliament as well as the chief whip of the ANC in Parliament. Stofile was the chairman of the ANC in the Eastern Cape from 1996.
He was re-appointed as treasurer general of the ANC in 1995‚ a post he held until 1997‚ when he became premier of the Eastern Cape until 2004. In 2004‚ he was appointed to the Cabinet as minister of sport and recreation‚ a post he held until 2010.
“We have called on the sports administrators to sacrifice a little bit in terms of wanting to win, because even when we field these lily white times, we lose. We need to look at the broader values of a broader South African nation that’s is proud at participating in the International fraternity. That is what is transformation.” – rev Makhenkesi Stofile