Zuma sends condolences to Phindile Mwelase's family

2014-10-28 13:44
President Jacob Zuma. (File, SAP)

President Jacob Zuma. (File, SAP)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma expressed his condolences on Tuesday to the family of female professional boxer Phindile Mwelase, who died after being in a coma for two weeks.

"On behalf of government and all South Africans we wish to convey our earnest condolences to the family, relatives, friends, and the entire boxing fraternity", Zuma said in a statement.

Mwelase, aged 31, died at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria on Saturday. The light welterweight boxer slipped into a coma after being knocked out in a fight against Liz Butler in Pretoria on 10 October.

Zuma said Mwelase's death was an enormous loss to the sporting industry.

"She joined a sport that is viewed as a predominantly male and was proving that women can also succeed in boxing", he said.

According to boxrec.com, Mwelase took part in four fights, suffering three losses (including the knockout leading to the coma), and a draw.

It brought the number of sporting deaths to three since Friday. Former 800m Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was killed in a car crash in Mpumalanga on Friday. Bafana Bafana goalkeeper and Captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead in a robbery in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, on Sunday.

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