Matatiele pays its respects to athlete

MATATIELE runners paid their final respects to their team-mate Mvuyisi Salakufa, who was laid to rest at his rural home of KwaMasakala outside Matatiele recently.

He died on July 11 at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha after sustaining serious injuries after being hit by a taxi on June 24.

He was allegedly hit by the taxi while running a 10 km race during the Sport Against Crime event, which was held in Matatiele. He sustained head and arm injuries.

Event organiser and chairperson of the Ced-Matat Athletics Club, Teboho Mohoto, confirmed that Salakufa was participating in the race when he was hit by a speeding taxi.

“Salakufa sustained head and arm injuries. He was taken to Matatiele Hospital and then he was transferred to Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha.

“The Sport Against Crime event was meant to encourage young people to stay away from crime.

“We are saddened about the death of Salakufa as he was a gifted runner,” said Mohoto, adding that the club donated some money for his funeral arrangements.

Salakufa was running under the Tlokoa Athletic Club in Matatele and he had participated in many competitions, including the Nelson Mandela Marathon and the Two Oceans marathon, and was training to participate in next year’s Comrades Marathon.

His trainer and Tlokoa Athletic Club manager Moeketsi Ntamane, said a hero has fallen and he will be remembered for his kindness and loyalty. He said runners from different clubs attended the funeral to pay their final respects.

“The club is training young people to become champions in the future.

“Salakufa was one of my talented trainees,” said Ntamane.