Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has sent its heartfelt condolences to the family and
friends of one of South Africa’s cricket legends, Clive Rice.
Rice passed away on Tuesday morning after a lengthy battle
with a brain tumour.
Rice will be remembered as the first South African
One Day International (ODI) skipper after South Africa emerged from the
isolation of apartheid and a warrior who battled his illness with the same
motivation and drive as he did any opponent who bowled or stood at the crease
to face him.
The statistics on his performance speak for themselves
and depict a man who achieved much in his chosen sport. He took 930 wickets in
first class matches (482 in SA and for Nottinghamshire), scored 137 First Class 50s
and 48 First Class centuries.
Rice made major contributions to both cricketing and
motorsports on a local and international level.
May the lessons of his perseverance live on in our
country’s future sportsmen and women. Rest in Peace, Captain Rice.