Details emerge of Mbulaeni Mulaudzi’s accident

2014-10-25 16:57

The Mpumalanga community safety department has provided more details regarding the accident that killed Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.

Spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said the 800m star died in the early hours of yesterday morning when his car overturned on the R555 road in the province.

“He was travelling from the direction of Ogies towards Emalahleni on the R555,” he said.

“Towards Emalahleni, there is a curve and he lost control of the vehicle which overturned and he unfortunately died. The 34-year-old was the only occupant in the car.

Tributes continued pouring in today as people came to terms with Mulaudzi’s death.

Democratic Alliance MP Solly Malatsi said his death had robbed the country of a mentor.

“Mulaudzi’s passing, just a year after his retirement from professional athletics, has robbed our country of an excellent mentor whose contribution to nurturing young athletes could have helped revive SA’s prestige in athletics,” he said.

Malatsi said South Africans would never forget how he overcame an injury and won a gold medal in the 800?metre race at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany.

“We hope that his achievements will spur current and upcoming athletes to reach the apex of excellence in athletics,” he said.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation said Mulaudzi’s death brought to the fore the futile loss of youth to road crashes.

“It is a major loss to the nation and Athletics South Africa. This was a young man who excelled in his sport and brought us much pride and joy,” it said.

“He was one of South Africa’s decorated athletes and had made a conscious effort to invest in the development of young people to become better athletes.”

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