Race honours late KDF stalwart

2017-02-02 06:01
 Radio Zibonele staff stretching legs after their 5km stint.

Radio Zibonele staff stretching legs after their 5km stint.

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About 700 people took part in a fun run to pay tribute to Khayelitsha activist Khaya Yaphi at the weekend.

Yaphi, a member of the Khayelitsha Development Forum until his death and well-known runner, was knocked over by a car and killed a decade ago while jogging on the side of the road.

The run started from the Khayelitsha Mall and ended there. Participants could run either the 5km or 8km event.

Nothemba Velebhayi, 74, who took part in the 5km race, said this was an opportunity to meet new people.

“I’m a pensioner now but I do jogging. To take part in this race will help to boost my confidence.”

Teacher Xolani Kulatta said he was happy to participate because “running releaves stress”.

“From now I will be participating in more running events and might even joing the Khayelitsha Athletics Club,” said Kulatta.

Councillor Patrick Mngxunyeni, a former long distance runner, said he was happy that the event was taking place in ward 98.

“I am sure we will keep the momentum going forward because we really believe sport keeps people fit and healthy,” said Mngxunyeni attended the event wearing a suit, for which faux pas he apologised.

He explained that he was attending a funeral of an indigent person that he and other community leader helped to bury after the deceased’s family asked for financial assistance.

One of the race organisers, Sergeant Zuki Nkokhi thanked all those who attended, saying the next edition will be bigger and bolder.

“Today we dished more than 700 medals to all participants who crosssed the finishing line,” said Nkokhi.

Nkokhi thanked the Khayelitsha Community Trust, Radio Zibonele, Jobela Bus Services, Mhonko Waste, Old Mutual, Avbob, Halfway Toyota, Specssavers and Intercape for their support to this event.

“KCT was our umbrella sponsor but we are greatful to all those who made contributions,” said Nkokhi.

The event will be held annualy.

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