Paying tribute to boxing legend Dingaan “Rose of Soweto” Thobela

Issued by Veronica van Dyk MP – DA Shadow Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture
30 Apr 2024 in News

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of the legendary Dingaan “Rose of Soweto” Thobela. As the DA, we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and the entire sporting community.

Dingaan Thobela was more than a boxing champion; he was a beacon of hope and inspiration for countless South Africans. Hailing from Chiawelo, Soweto, he rose to prominence through sheer determination and unparalleled skill, capturing the hearts of the nation along the way.

His remarkable career saw him clinch three world titles across two weight divisions, etching his name in the records of boxing history. Dingaan Thobela’s legacy transcends mere accolades; it embodies the spirit of perseverance and excellence.

Beyond his prowess in the ring, Dingaan Thobela was a symbol of unity and pride for South Africa. He brought communities together, bridging divides with his electrifying performances and unwavering commitment to his craft.

Today we bid farewell to a true icon of South African sports. May his legacy continue to inspire generations to come.