‘Ta Smoko’s life celebrated

2017-08-31 06:01
The late Lebohang ‘Ta Smoko’ Motasi.

The late Lebohang ‘Ta Smoko’ Motasi.

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Athletes from accross the country are mourning the sudden and tragic death of Airports Athletic Club Cape Town runner Lebohang Motasi who died in a motor accident.

Motasi, his wife Khuselwa and sister -in-law Lindiswa Ledza Sotenjwa died last week after their vehicle collided with an animal in the Eastern Cape.

The couple will be buried in Eerste River on Saturday while Ledza will be buired next weekend in the Eastern Cape,

On Sunday at the Khayelitsha Athletic Club’s 10km race, athletes ran in Lebo’s memory whilst giving respect to the wife and the sister-in-law.

Lebohang who has competed in two Comrades Marathons and many other races was hailed as “a peoples person and a dedicated runner”.

“I am a Runner for the Freedom of Palestine. This is a human justice cause I support actively on the road. As a South African, I know what being denied freedom to be can result in, and also the immense possibilities political freedom brings.

“I also run to feed my ego and to see what’s next. This will be my third Comrades. I trust the Team Just Run training programme I have been following since December. This race is about physical and mental strength, I am confident about both. It is all about delivery now,” he said before the Comrades whilst being interviewed by the Weekend Argus.

Mbongeni Lunda who led the “Lebohang Motasi memorial bus” on Sunday said:

“The Khayelitsha 10km race was really not about personal bests (pbs) but it was about celebrating a life of a fallen comrades Lebohang Motasi.

It is in times like these when you see that a person of Ta Smoko’s character. He has touched so many people’s hearts.”

“Runners came in numbers to celebrate his life and the 01:25:32 time we had on the route was unifying for runners from all different clubs.

“We sang we dance and at times some runners did short sprints in celebrating the life of a true legend,” said Mbongeni.

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