Dr. Petrus Molemela’s Death And Burial Arrangements
31 March 2017
Dr. Petrus Rantlai Molemela had served as Honorary Life President of the team having been instrumental in its foundation when he purchased the status of Mangaung United and changed the club’s name to Bloemfontein Celtic in 1975.
Molemela was in charge of the club for 26 years until he sold his shares to former Celtic player Jimmy Augousti in 2001 following the team’s relegation to the First Division.
“We have a lost a stalwart and a mentor‚” Celtic CEO Khumbulani Konco told Times Media Digital on Sunday.
“Since he was made Life President of the club‚ he frequented our offices a lot and remained very interested in our fortunes. The reason he would come in would be to talk to us and motivate us.
“He also spoke a lot to the players‚ which really helped them. He was fearless‚ the way he built Bloemfontein Celtic into what it is today. It all started with him. We have lost a great leader.”
Molemela’s passing was confirmed by Celtic on Sunday and immediately drew sympathy from the Minister of Sport‚ Fikile Mbalula.
“Sad news of the passing of Bloemfontein Celtic founder Ntate Dr Petrus Molemela. May his legendary spirit and soul RIP‚” Mbalula tweeted.
South African Football Association President Danny Jordaan added his condolences.
Celtic’s newly-refurbished home ground‚ formerly the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium‚ was named after Molemela in late 2015.
He was a colourful figure in local football‚ known for his outbursts at referees‚ and earned the nickname ‘Whitehead’ because of his greyed hair
The funeral of Bloemfontein Celtic’s honorary life president Dr Petrus Molemela will be held in Bloemfontein next Tuesday.
The veteran administrator, affectionately known as ‘Whitehead’ in football circles, passed away at the age of 83.
A memorial service will start at 11am on Friday at the St John’s Methodist Church in Bloemfontein, according to family spokesman Quinton Eisther.
“The funeral is on Tuesday. The funeral proceedings will start at the Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium at 7am before proceeding to Phahameng Cemetery where Dr Molemela will be laid to rest,” says Eisther.
“We will release more details in due course with also the provincial government also getting involved.”