Mbulaeni Mulaudzi’s death jolts SA

2014-10-26 15:00

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Condolences continued to pour in yesterday ­following the tragic death of former world 800m champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.

The suave former athlete many considered a ­national hero died on Friday aged 34 in a car crash on his way to a Johannesburg athletics meeting.

His untimely death has left the entire country and sports fraternity devastated.

President Jacob Zuma said: “The nation has lost a true hero and one of our most disciplined and talented athletes, who flew the South Africa flag across the sporting world.

“We wish to convey, on behalf of the government and the entire nation, our heartfelt condolences to his family, Athletics South Africa, the South African sporting fraternity and the International Olympic Committee.”

The Sports Ministry office said: “Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has just received the sad news of the untimely death of the South African 800m icon.”

The ANC Youth League said it was disturbed by the passing of “the All Africa Games and World Championship star”.

“He was literally our country’s flag-bearer in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece and our symbolic flag-bearer in all the international engagements he has ever participated in,” it said.

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee CEO, Tubby Reddy said the organisation was devastated by the death of an “icon in South African sport who raised the nation’s flag high in international sporting events.”

Softly spoken Mulaudzi had an enviable record on the track during his illustrious running career before injuries forced him into retirement last year.

The Limpopo-born middle distance runner, who started running as a grade two pupil and had an aptitude for most sports, including soccer, burst on to the international scene by snatching a gold medal at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games.

He won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and earned gold at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany. The accomplishments were the highlights of his distinguished athletics career.

One still vividly remembers the memorable moment in 2004 when the king of the track carried his country’s flag with pride at the opening ceremony of the Athens spectacle. It remains to be seen who will motivate the country’s budding athletes, now that this gentle giant is no more.

May his soul rest in peace!

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.