Cape Town - Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula has paid his respects to former SA cricket captain Clive Rice who passed away in hospital on Tuesday.
Rice, 66, had been suffering from a brain tumour in recent times.
Rice's career coincided directly with South Africa's sporting isolation and his international experience was limited to his post-prime days.
He played three One Day Internationals for South Africa following the country's return from sporting isolation - against India in 1991.
Mere months later he was controversially left out of the squads for the one-off Test against the West Indies and the 1992 Cricket World Cup.
Mbalula took to social media to salute Rice who he described as a legend.
Mbalula tweeted on Tuesday:
Rice, a former Transvaal captain, played 482 first class matches, scoring 26 331 runs at an average of 40.95.
He also took 930 wickets at an average of 22.49.