2 Feb 2013

Death of ex-SARU president

6:21 am on 2 February 2013

Former South African rugby union president Louis Luyt died in hospital in Durban on Friday.

Luyt, 80, headed South African rugby when the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup for the first time in 1995, a year after the fall of apartheid.

The victory was immortalised in the film Invictus'', starring Morgan Freeman as then-President Nelson Mandela.

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

Afterwards, he turned to politics, formed a political party and eventually became a member of Parliament in 1999 as leader of the now-defunct Federal Alliance.

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

In 1976 Luyt started The Citizen, an English-language newspaper that came under fire for receiving money from the apartheid regime.