The funeral of late founder of Bloemfontein Celtic Dr Petrus Molemela will be held in Bloemfontein next Tuesday. Dr Molemela passed away on Sunday morning. He was the Life President of Celtic having played a tremendous role in developing the club.
Dr Molemela affectionately known as ‘Whitehead’ 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.”
Football fraternity has sent their heart-felt condolences to the family:
“We are saddened by the death of our mentor, leader and father-figure at the team,” current Celtic owner Max Tshabalala said in a statement. “We are incredibly devastated and emotionally paralyzed by the loss of such a valuable and immensely experienced administrator, who not only made a contribution at Celtic but for soccer, sport and the community at large.
“It is painful losing Ntate at this time when we genuinely needed him for his motivation and guidance towards both the management and players. We will forever cherish his dedication and absolute love towards the team.
“He has built a legacy that we have to maintain as a brand. May his soul rest in peace.”
The Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula tweeted: “Sad news of the passing of Bloemfontein Celtic founder Ntate Dr Petrus Molemela. May his legendary spirit and soul RIP.
Kaizer Chiefs boss Motaung said: “Molemela has played a huge role in football. I will remember him for his humour and energetic spirit which he infused through his commentary and passion for Siwelele sa Masele.
“We have lost a great man indeed.”
He continued: “On behalf of Kaizer Chiefs, I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the Molemela family and their friends.
“I trust that the bereaved will be consoled by remembering the moments of love and laugher they shared with ‘Whitehead’.” he told the club’s website