BSA KO’d over ring death

2011-10-29 20:18

Free State promoter Lebo Mahoko this week lambasted Boxing South Africa (BSA) for their indifference to boxer Anele Makhwelo, who died on October 7.

Makhwelo died after his unsuccessful South African flyweight title challenge against Doctor Ntsele in Bloemfontein.

“I am disappointed and ashamed to be a BSA licensee. No one from the organisation bothered to visit the hospital to find out about the condition of the dying boxer,” said the Dream Team Promotions boss.

Makhwelo failed to respond to the gong for round 10 and was immediately rushed to hospital where it was discovered that he had a blood clot in his brain.

He slipped into a coma following two operations and died four days after the fight.

Said the promoter: “I was so moved by this experience that I even pondered on hanging up my promotion licence for good.

“What intensified the pain was that not one individual from BSA came to hospital to find out about the progress of Makhwelo.

“I am terribly disappointed if this is how BSA treats its licensees.

“The lonely and very difficult time was when Makhwelo was in ICU.

“Zola Koti (Makhwelo’s mentor) and me found ourselves alone without any support from BSA.”

The promoter added that he had to pay for the Eastern Cape-based Koti’s extended stay as well as his transport to and from the hospital.

“Finally, Mr Dick Nkuna, (Free State’s boxing service provider) wanted to go to Cape Town a few days later for the boxer’s memorial service but BSA refused to pay for his travelling expenses,” said Mahoko.

“I had to pay for his travel and accommodation to attend the memorial service. This bitter experience has really left me embarrassed to be a BSA licensee.”

Mahoko said he was intent on telling the story because it is true and keeping quiet would be a disservice to licensees.

“The Minister of Sport (Fikile Mbalula) must realise that BSA treats its licensees like dirt instead of family,” fumed the promoter.

Asked how much the additional expenses were, Mahoko pointed out that money was not an issue here, but compassion was.

He said the figure came to about R36 000.

Confronted with the allegations, BSA chief executive Moffat Qithi initially said he would respond after City Press had emailed him Mahoko’s gripes. Later, all Qithi could say was: “It would be un-African to get embroiled while the Makhwelo family is still mourning the loss of their son.

“I am personally too busy, trying to drive strategic things in BSA.

“The channel of communication for Mahoko and other licensees is clear, because BSA has an office.”

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