Mbulaeni Mulaudzi laid to rest

2014-11-01 13:42

Former world champion and Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was laid to rest at his home village of Muduluni in Limpopo.

Some of the dignitaries who reportedly attended his funeral were Gauteng premier David Makhura, acting Limpopo premier Rudolf Phala, and Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi.

The SABC reported today that Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane delivered the eulogy, where he urged young South Africans to emulate Mulaudzi’s spirit of patriotism.

Chabane handed the South African flag to Mulaudzi’s parents at the end of the burial, which was part of a provincial official funeral.

Also in attendance were fellow athletes Khotso Mokoena and Caster Semenya, reported the SABC.

Mulaudzi, an 800 metres star, died in the early hours of October 24 when his car overturned on the R555 road in Mpumalanga.

He was the flag bearer for South Africa at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and he became South Africa’s first black athlete to be ranked number one in the world.

His list of accolades also includes titles at the World Championships, World Indoor Championships and the African Championships.

After a decorated career spanning over a decade, the 34-year-old retired last year.

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