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ANC Youth League mourns for Baby Jack Matlala

7 December 2013

The ANC Youth League mourns the passing on of the World Boxing Champion, Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala (01 August 1962 - 07 December 2013). He was amongst key South Africans that made Madiba`s preaching of reconciliation and peace to be possible through their involvement in international sports.

Baby Jake through his boxing fights made social cohesion and national pride and unity possible, as these fights united both black and white. We will always have his name amongst our heroes. In 2004, Matlala was voted number 72 in the "100 Greatest South Africans" poll organised by the SABC, this is but one indication of who he was. The ANC Youth League will encourage all young people who are involve in the sport of boxing to learn and follow on the steps of Baby Jake, in the ring.


Issued by African National Congress Youth League


Bandile Masuku (National Spokesperson) - 071 574 4513


Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala (01 August 1962 - 07 December 2013).

Baby Jake started his professional boxing career at the age of 18, and was the shortest boxing world champion at only 1.47m tall.

He ended his career after having won four world titles. The former World Boxing Organisation, World Boxing Union (WBU) and International Boxing Association flyweight world champion, had been admitted to hospital on numerous occasions over the past few years with complications related to pneumonia. Baby Jake Matlala passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 51. He is survived by his wife and 2 children. Following his victory over Juan Herrera, Matlala presented his WBU belt to former president Nelson Mandela. ANC Youth League bids him farewell.


Bandile Masuku (National Spokesperson) @ 071 574 4513 - bandilemasuku@gmail.com or bmasuku@anc.org.za
Sicelo S. S. Shembe (Media Liaison Officer) @ 011 376 1080 - siceloshembe@gmail.com or sshembe@anc.org.za
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