3 Feb 2013

Louis Luyt dies in South Africa

12:40 pm on 3 February 2013

The former South African rugby kingpin, business magnate and politician Louis Luyt has died in a Durban hospital aged 80.

Luyt was best known as the outspoken boss of South African rugby when the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup for the first time in 1995, a year after the fall of apartheid.

That victory was immortalised in the Hollywood blockbuster 'Invictus', starring Morgan Freeman as then-President Nelson Mandela.

In 1998, Luyt was accused of racism and financial mismanagement in his role as South African Rugby Union president, resulting in his resignation and a presidential inquiry.

His business success was based on the founding of a fertiliser company and a brewery.

Luyt was suffering from heart ailments at the time of his death.