Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma has expressed his deep sadness and
extended heartfelt condolences after the passing of former South
African Rugby Union (SARU) captain, Salie Fredericks, who passed on Thursday, aged 74.
Fredericks, a lock, played
nine 'inter-racial' Tests for the South African Rugby Union national team
against the African Springboks and the SA Rugby Federation’s Proteas between
1963 and 1974.
He also played in over 200 games for
Western Province 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.
Fredericks' funeral will take place on Friday, July 7. It will be held
at 10 Jan Kemp Street in Plattekloof with the burial to be held at
Muslim Cemetery in Browning Road, Observatory.