President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his sadness following the passing of Mantwa Khoza, spouse of Orlando Pirates Football Club chairperson Irvin Khoza.

She died after a short illness.

Ramaphosa says his thoughts and prayers are with the Khoza family and relatives as well as the broader club and Premier Soccer League (PSL) fraternity during this difficult time.

“I offer the Chairman, Mr Irvin Khoza, my deep sympathy at the loss of a soul mate whose companionship, advice and support to the Chairman was an important contribution not only personally but to the most popular sport in our society. May the family and relatives find comfort in the beautiful memories and life shared,” says President Ramaphosa.