Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture (Minister Nathi Mthethwa, MP) expresses his sympathy to James Small Family.

11 July 2019

Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Minister Nathi Mthethwa, who is currently in Liverpool to support the Spar Netball Protea's. Has learned with shock about the passing away of legendary Springbok rugby player, James Small who passed on yesterday. 


 “James Small was not just a legend but one of those great players which their names will be written in our history of sports. He was one of those who were instrumental alongside the class of 95 in fostering social cohesion and nation building. We would never forget the role that the 1995 Springboks Rugby team played in breaking down the racial boundaries and making us one nation with one objective. This class of 95 inclusive of James Small, stood alongside our former statesman ‘Tata’ Nelson Mandela and demonstrated the importance of sport in eradicating racism and discrimination.

 May the soul of this gentle giant repose peacefully and may his family and friends find comfort in all our prayers” – Indicated Minister Nathi Mthethwa

  James Small died yesterday in Cape Town. He started wearing the Springboks shirt in 1992 leading him to play in the home soil Rugby World Cup back in 1995. His passing on follows on the footsteps of Ruben Kruger and Joost van der Westhuizen, who passed on in 2010 and 2017, respectively.    

 May his soul rest in peace.


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