Makhenkesi Stofile

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Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile
Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare
In office
5 May 2016 – 15 August 2016
Ambassador to Germany
In office
1 June 2011 – 15 August 2016
Minister of Sport and Recreation
In office
29 April 2004 – 31 October 2010
Preceded byNgconde Balfour
Succeeded byFikile Mbalula
2nd Premier of the Eastern Cape
In office
4 February 1997 – 26 April 2004
Preceded byRaymond Mhlaba
Succeeded byNosimo Balindlela
Personal details
Born(1944-12-27)27 December 1944
Adelaide, Eastern Cape
Died15 August 2016(2016-08-15) (aged 71)
Alice, Eastern Cape
CitizenshipSouth African
NationalitySouth African
Spouse(s)Nambitha Siwisa

Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile (27 December 1944 – 15 August 2016) was a South African politician. He was Minister of Sport and Recreation from 2004 to 2010.[1][2] At the time of his death he was serving as Ambassador to Germany.[3]

Stofile was born in Adelaide in the Eastern Cape.[4] He studied towards a master's degree in Theology at the University of Fort Hare, and he also obtained a Master of Arts from Princeton University in 1983.

Stofile joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1963. He was charged with harbouring of terrorists by the Ciskei government and served a three-year jail sentence.

Stofile was also an ordained minister of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa

Stofile was not only a politician and church man, but also a great sportsman. He played scrum-half and wing for the Border Rugby team, and was a loud voice in the campaign towards non-racial sports.

In 1984 he travelled to New Zealand where he led a successful campaign against the planned All Blacks' tour of South Africa.

After the 1994 democratic elections, Stofile was the ANC's chief whip in parliament. He held that position until his appointment as Premier of the Eastern Cape in 1997.

In 2009, he threatened third world war over gender test results of an athlete, which found that runner Caster Semenya was a hermaphrodite, with internal testes.[5]

He died at his home in Alice, Eastern Cape, on 15 August 2016 at the age of 71.[6]


  1. ^ Info Archived 2012-06-12 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Sascoc welcome Mbalula's appointment | Cape Argus". Retrieved 2018-01-08.
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  4. ^ Arnold Stofile Archived 2007-07-15 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Wheeler, Virginia; Harry Haydon (10 Sep 2009). "'We'll go to war over Caster'". The Sun. Retrieved 2009-09-11. And today the country's sports minister Makhenkesi Stofile said: "I think it would be the third world war. We will go to the highest levels in contesting such a decision.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Raymond Mhlaba
Premier of the Eastern Cape
4 February 1997 – 26 April 2004
Succeeded by
Nosimo Balindlela
Preceded by
Ngconde Balfour
Minister of Sport and Recreation
2004 – 1 November 2010
Succeeded by
Fikile Mbalula