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SASCOC mourn another sporting death
- Updated: October 28, 2014
National sports umbrella body, SASCOC are mourning an unprecedented third death in the South African sporting fraternity.
Professional boxer Phindile Mwelase has passed away at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria. The 31-year-old female pro boxer had been in a coma for more than two weeks after being knocked out in a fight against Liz Butler in Pretoria. This was her fourth fight.
Mwelase’s tragic death is now the third South African sporting death in the space of a few days after Olympic track athlete Mbualeni Mulaudzi and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa were also killed in separate incidents.
‘These are very hard times for South African sport right now,’ said SASCOC CEO Mr Tubby Reddy. ‘We can only hope that our sportsmen and women can dig deep and find the resolve to work through this loss and come back stronger in the long term. Our thoughts go out to Phindile’s family and friends as well as the boxing community.’
Added SASCOC President Gideon Sam: ‘Just when is this run of sporting tragedy going to come to an end? To lose three members of different sporting codes in such a short period of time is surely unheard of. I urge the sports family to come together in these sad times and work together to bring some good news to the national sporting public.’