Mbebe who was also the African Zone 6 Council of Sport, Secretary-General was diagnosed with the cancer of the colon in 2013 and has been undergoing continuous treatment since then.
He is survived by his wife Nomalungelo (Noma) and two children – son Ntsika and daughter Avuziwe aged 18 and 11 years respectively. He also leaves behind his mother Thenjiwe Ngqula, brother Andile and sister Mona Lisa.
SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan said the nation had lost one of the greatest sports administrators of modern times.
“Mvuzo’s contribution to sports in this country is well-documented. He fought against racial segregation and until his death strived for sporting excellence. May his soul rest in peace,” said the SAFA President.
He will be buried at his home in UMzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal, on a date to be announced.
FAMILY STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF MR MVUZO MARTIN MBEBE
It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the passing on of our beloved Mvuzo Martin Mbebe, on his hospital bed, late yesterday. He has been battling cancer over the last few years.
Mvuzo leaves behind:
• His Mother , Thenjiwe
• His siblings, Andile and Mona-Lisa
• His wife, Nomalungelo
• His children, Ntsika and Avuziwe.
A memorial service in his honour will be held on Thursday, 22 October 2015 at 13h00 at the Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church, 3 Kweper Street, Kempton Park.
The funeral will take place at his home at Lourdes Mission, Mzimkhulu, Eastern Cape, from 9h00 on the 27 October 2015.
A trained pharmacist, Mvuzo dedicated most of his career to sports administration, where he held several senior positions including:
• Secretary General/Treasurer – Supreme Council for Sport in Africa Zone VI
• CEO – Orange AFCON 2013 and CHAN 2014 Local Organising Committee
• CEO – National Sports Council
• Member - 1999 All Africa Games Local Organising Committee
• Secretary General – Athletics South Africa
Mvuzo also held the position of Group Executive: Content Enterprises at the SABC.
Mvuzo has touched so many people’s lives during his time amongst us and he will be remembered for his excellent larger than life nature, his kindness and willingness to help.
The family wishes to thank all those who took time to visit him in hospital as well as those who remembered him through prayer.