Deputy police minister visits shot boxer

Deputy Minister of Police Bongani Mkongi will today visit the injured Mzuvukile Magwaca at his Site C home.
Deputy Minister of Police Bongani Mkongi will today visit the injured Mzuvukile Magwaca at his Site C home.

The Deputy Minister of Police , Bongani Mkongi, will today visit a boxing champion who was shot at his home a month ago.

Mkongi said he was “terribly upset” to learn about what befell the world bantamweight champion Mzuvukile “Old Bones” Magwaca.

“ I am visiting this young champion to register my support for him and to condemn the criminals who shot him,” said Mkongi.

He also said he would use the opportunity to ascertain if there was any progress on the investigation of the case.

“I want the criminals responsible for this to be brought to the book sooner,” he said.

Magwaca’s coach Zola Koti said they welcome the deputy minister’s visit because it shows that “government cares about the people”.

“We have not heard anything positive from the police about this case and we hope with DM Mkongi’s visit, things will start moving and we will culprits behind the bars,” Koti said.

According to reports, Magwaca was attacked by people brandishing R4 rifles.

Magwaca was severely injures after a bullet broke his bones high above his thigh.

Three weeks ago , he was operated on at the Tygerberg Hospital and is now recuperating at home where he is said to be making great progress.

When friends visited him at hospital Magwaca jokingly told them his new nickname would be: Bulletproof.

But the career of the WBF‚ IBF Intercontinental and WBA International Bantamweight Champion still hangs in the balance.

His emotional coach, Zola Koti said: “According to family members, the armed thugs came to Magwaca’s house and started robbing his mother and siblings of their cellphones and other stuff.

“They then went into Magwaca’s room and robbed him of his flat screen TV,” said a tearful Koti.

The flat screen was mounted on the wall and whilst Magwaca was trying to take it down the robbers panicked and shot him.

“He was not resisting at all but the cruel thugs shot him at close range,” said Koti, struggling hard to hold his tears.

Koti said the damage was so severe that no one knows exactly what will happen to his charge’s career.

“What will happen to his career will be determined by doctors. When people visited him in hospital‚ they cried.

“This whole thing is affecting all of us emotionally. All wrong things happen to the right people,” he said.

Magwaca retained his IBF Intercontinental title on points against Namibian Immanuel Naidjala in East London on 8 December 2017.

Magwaca is undefeated after 23 fights.

He is the second professional boxer from the stable of Koti to suffer this fate.

In September 2015, Lwando “Floyd” Molwana was shot dead in Marikana‚ Phillipi.

Magwaca is rated No 8 in the WBO’s Bantamweight Division and is also placed 10th spot by the IBF.

Khayelitsha netball star Phumza Maweni who also plays in the national squad, said she was deeply hurt by what happened to Magwaca.

“We are with him and his family in prayer at this time and we hope for a speedy recovery,” said Phumza.

Xolisa Guma who plays for the Vodacom Blue Bulls wished Magwaca a speedy recovery.

“It’s not nice when crime affects sports people, in fact not nice to anyone,” he said.

Khayelitsha Community Police Forum chairperson Mbuleli Boqwana urged community members to stop buying stolen goods.

“As long there is a market for stolen goods thugs will ruin our lives. Let’s report people to sell stolen material. They are killers who deserve to be jailed,” Boqwana said.

No arrests have yet been made.

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