Monde Temba Tabata, a member of the SA Rugby Executive Council (Exco), has died after several months fighting the effects of the Covid-19 virus.

Tabata (60), was a popular businessman in his the Eastern Cape and in Johannesburg. He was co-opted onto the SA Rugby Exco in 2010 as an independent member and chaired several committees till the  time of his death.

Tabata also served as an administrator to the Border and Eastern Province at the  times of financial distress for those unions.

Tabata was born in Cradock in 1960 and educated at Rhodes University. He was a founding member of the Black Student Movement and was president of its rugby union.

Tabata worked for Eskom and held CEOs roles at the National Economics Initiative and National Small Business Council and was deputy CEO of Megapro Marketing.

He also served as chairman of the East Rand Youth and Children’s Trusts.

He was also a financial supporter of the Cradock Lions RFC.