'Aids killed Bafana hero'

Johannesburg - The mysterious disease that killed former Bafana Bafana vice-captain Sizwe Motaung on Thursday is understood to have been Aids related.

A member of the medical team that treated Motaung at Legae private clinic told the Sunday Sun, albeit anonymously, that the gallant soccer hero succumbed to an Aids-related disease.

Meanwhile, a bitter feud between MotaungÆs parents threatens to disrupt his funeral, which is supposed to take place on Thursday.

At the centre of the row are inhlawulo (damages) that Mogafisi, SizweÆs father, failed to pay for impregnating Babsy Goqo (now Mrs Banduram) with Sizwe and his sister, Nomvula.

"Where in the world have you ever heard of a mother being kept totally in the dark about her sonÆs illness, and not even informed about funeral arrangements of her own baby," charged SizweÆs biological mother, Babsy Banduram.

"I was phoned on Thursday by SizweÆs ex-wife, Zodwa Khoza, who broke the news to me. If Mogafisi loved Sizwe and had his welfare at heart, he would not have removed him from the hospital. He is a greedy old man who wants to take some of the money for himself," sobbed Banduram.

City Press has learnt a family gathering to try and resolve the stalemate and avoid the disruption continued late into the night on Friday without any success.

The matter now rests with the local police, councillors and amakhosi (chiefs). A meeting has been set for Sunday afternoon.

"Mogafisi is a lunatic who thinks he can just bury my grandson, flesh of my flesh, without so much as allowing me a chance to see SizweÆs body for the last time. That will not happen, or they must put all preparations on hold," said SizweÆs grandmother Elizabeth Nkomo.

A family member who asked to remain anonymous said: "You donÆt just go about making women pregnant and not own up. SizweÆs mother has every right to bury her son."

Sizwe is survived by a four year old daugther, Thando, whose mother is Zodwa and eight year old Thembisile from a previous relationship with Lindiwe.

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