Three athletes die in tragic ways

2015-09-10 06:00


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The sporting fraternity has been thrown into deep mourning after three athletes died tragically over the weekend, in different circumstances.

The RCS Gugulethu Athletics Club chairman Thobile Ndzube was at pains to descibe his team’s loss when Bongeka Mpukumpa died in horrific head-on collision on the R300 on Sunday.

“We have tragically lost yet another member, after she was involved in a car accident. A beautiful soul, always smiling, enjoyed laughing, very confident, loved running but had a special love for marathons,” said Ndzube.

In two other seperate incidents, two young sportsmen were brutally killed in Marikana and Kuyasa.

Talented boxer Lwando ‘Floyd’ Molwana was shot dead in Marikana after playing a game of pool with friends in a nearby shebeen on Sunday night.

His distraught trainer, Zola Koti was in tears when the news of Molwana’s death surfaced.

“I thought it was a dream but the person who called me was also wailing and my heart sank,” said Koti.

Molwana (24), aka Floyd was a talented boxer with an unblemished record of 10 wins before participating in the Premier Boxing League where he tasted defeat for the first time.

Boxing South Africa Western Cape manager Mickey Klaas said the country had lost a prospect.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday at 3pm in Site C at the “House of Pains” or Blue Hall where Molwana honed his skills.

Cyclist Lubabalo Rawana was also stabbed to death in Kuyasa on Sunday night.

He was a member of Bonga Cycling Academy an organisation that promotes the sport in the townships. Academy founder Bongane Ngqobane described Lubabalo as “a brilliant fellow with big dreams”. “Those dreams have been literally cut now and we are left weeping,” he said. Lubabalo will be buried in Keiskammahoek village in the Eastern Cape this coming on Saturday

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