Minister Nathi Mthethwa expresses his condolences on the passing of the legendary boxer Peter ‘Terror’ Mathebula

23 January 2020

Ministry and the Department of Sports, Arts and culture under the leadership of Minister Nathi Mthethwa has learned with sadness the news about the passing of the Legendary Boxer and Former World Champion Peter “Terror” Mathebula. Peter “Terror” Mathebula who was 68 years at the time of his passing, his death was announced by his family on Sunday Morning. The family further confirmed that he was admitted at Leratong hospital and succumbed to his illness this past Saturday.

“I give my salute to this legendary boxer and also take pride to his selfless remarkable victory. We should all remember that his world victory happened during the dark days of apartheid where a Black man was never given a slightest chance to  succeed. His victory back in 1980 gave the Black Nation a sense of Pride and a place to belong. Interestingly, the fight that won him the World Tittle was against Tae Shik Kim of South Korea and was fought on foreign turf these as well compounding the adversities that Mr Mathebula was faced with.
 When he won that fight, his victory brought with it HOPE and a sense of PRIDE for all Black South Africans then. Terror Mathebula then, was the first black man to win a boxing world title and winning it on a foreign soil. He will forever be remembered as one of South Africans who demonstrated that anything in life is possible as long as you put your mind to it. May his legendary soul rest in peace and my heartfelt condolences to the Mathebula family, trust in the Lord as he will give you strength”, Indicated Minister Nathi Mthethwa.   

Mathebula was born on 03, 07, 1952, in Mohlakeng, Gauteng, South Africa. As a child growing up in South Africa’s North West province. “Terror” Mathebula as he was affectionately known within the boxing circles due to his fearsome skill inside the ring, fought 45 fights leading to, 36 wins of which 17 were TKO’S. Initially wanted to become a professional footballer, but instead took up boxing at the tender age of nine years. Mr Mathebula fought alongside the likes of Elijha ‘Tap Tap’ Makhatini, Simon ‘Tsipa’ Sikhosana, Arthur the Fighting Prince Mayisela, Brian Mitchell, Harold the Hammer Volbrecht, Gerrie Coetzee, Kallie Knoetze to name a few.   

Mathebula began boxing at the age of nine, after which he had his first amateur fight (debut in 1971-07-10) at the age of 19 where he beat Sidwell Mhlongo on points in a four-round fight.

May the soul of Peter “Terror” Mathebula repose peacefully.

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Asanda Magaqa (Spokesperson Ministry Sports, Arts and Culture)   
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Mickey Modisane (Chief Director Communications Sport and Recreation SA)
082 992 0101