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Former Minister Makhenkesi Stofile Dies


Makhenkesi Stofile
Makhenkesi Stofile

Arnold Makhenkesi Stofile – former ambassador, cabinet minister and Eastern Cape Premier has died.

It is still unclear at this stage what the cause of death was.

Stofile was born on the 27 of December 1944, in the Winterberg District of Adelaide, Eastern Cape.

Stofile entered politics in 1963 as a member of the African Students’ Association, an African National Congress (ANC) front organisation but only came to the fore on the political front when he became the regional secretary and a member of the National Executive Committee of the United Democratic Front (UDF)between 1983 and 1986.

Stofile then obtained a Masters of Arts degree from Princeton University in United States of America (1983).

He was awarded a D.Phil (hc) by University of Port Elizabeth in 2000.

Stofile entered politics in 1963 as a member of the African Students’ Association, an African National Congress (ANC) front organisation but only came to the fore on the political front when he became the regional secretary and a member of the National Executive Committee of the United Democratic Front (UDF)between 1983 and 1986.

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He became a key person in the establishment and development of the United Democratic Front (UDF) in the Border region.

In 1991, he was elected as a member of the NEC of the ANC, becoming its Treasurer General in 1994.

In 1994, he became a Member of Parliament as well as the chief whip of the ANC in Parliament. Stofile was the Chairperson of the (ANC) in the Eastern Cape since 1996.

He was also appointed as treasurer general of the ANC in 1995, a post he held until 1997, when he became Premier of the Eastern Cape until 2004. In 2004,(N)(        he entered cabinet again as the Minister of Sport and Recreation, a post which he held until 2010.

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