Thousands gathered to say goodbye.
Cape Town – Thousands of mourners, including rugby royalty, celebrities and politicians, gathered at the Newlands Stadium on Saturday to bid farewell to rugby legend Chester Williams.
The former Springbok player, who was part of the squad who won the Rugby World Cup in 1995, was showered with praise from his fans and his bereaved family.
Guests at the funeral included family friend Minister of Public Works Patricia de Lille, Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, singer PJ Powers who sang a rendition of the 1995 World Cup anthem, World in Union, and some of the 1995 Springbok team, including former captain Francois Pienaar.
It was a sombre moment when his coffin arrived, a final trip to the stadium where he had many moments of glory.
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde handed the South African flag to Williams’ family in accordance with state funeral protocol.
His wife Maria said she had used the week since his passing to recollect her life with the rugby superstar and how she would raise their three children in his absence.
“I’ve had time to reflect on my life with a man I adored, loved, respected and admired and will cherish our love forever. He was and always will be the best father.