President pays tribute to Salie Fredericks

Friday, July 7, 2017

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has extended his condolences on the passing of the legendary former South African Rugby Union (SARU) captain, Salie Fredericks.

Fredericks passed away on Thursday at the age of 74. The Presidency said he is being laid to rest today.

Fredericks was an exceptional lock in non-racial rugby teams 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. -

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