CAPE TOWN - One of Newlands cricket stadium’s favourite sons Mogamat “Boeta” Cassiem died on Thursday.
Western Province Cricket confirmed on their social media accounts that Boeta Cassiem had passed away.
Boeta Cassiem had sold ice-cream at Newlands for more than 55 years up before he was diagnosed with renal failure. His little one-liners such as “a sucker to make you wakker” and “a lolly to make you jolly” made him a firm favourite with cricket fans and players alike.
In May, Western Province Cricket paid tribute to Boeta Cassiem, who had requested to walk around his beloved Newlands for the last time.
“We decided to do something a little more fitting for Boeta Cassiem and a bit more personal, so we invited his family over to Newlands. We had a function to pay tribute to him,” WP Cricket Cricket Association Brand and sponsorship manager David Brooke said at the time.
Some former players, including the likes of Eric Simons, JP Duminy and Ashwell Prince were in attendance, and a number of stories were told about their encounters with Boeta Cassiem.
Newlands will certainly be a lot less jovial without its favourite Boeta Cassiem.