By Ron Jackson
South African junior featherweight boxer Lundi Madondile has allegedly been stabbed to death. Madondile, who was 30 years old and ranked No 6 by Boxing SA, was reportedly killed at his home in Scenery Park near East London. He was scheduled to challenge SA junior featherweight champion Macbute Sinyabi on December 8.
Madondile, who fought out of Mzi Mnguni’s Eyethu gym in Mdantsane, was a southpaw whose record is listed as 7-2, with 3 knockouts. He beat Mkhululi Dudu on points over six rounds and stopped Sithembile Luzipho and Jerome Cebekhulu, both in the second round, earlier this year.
Madondile’s death last Saturday night is the latest in a series that SA boxing has suffered in 2012. He died less than two months after former WBO heavyweight champion Corrie Sanders was shot dead near Brits, north on Johannesburg. Former SA flyweight champion and long-time administrator Marcus Temple died in Cape Town late last month. He was 80. Radio and television broadcaster Dan Setshedi, well-known referee and judge Isaac Tshabalala, long-time matchmaker Moss Tau and former manager Magali Botha have also died this year.
Former boxers Charlie Els, Malibongwe Thoba, Galekile Magabi and Mike Bernardo, as well as promoter Korda Manqina and boxing writer Junior Motsei have also passed away during the year.
VICTIMS OF CRIMINALS
A number of SA boxers have been killed or injured by criminals in recent years. One of them was Mzukisi Sikali, who was stabbed to death in 2005.
Chris Whiteboy, who won the SA junior lightweight title in 1983, was shot dead outside his house in Delft, Cape Town, in October 1995. And Richard Smith was shot dead at his home south of Johannesburg few years ago.
Former IBF junior lightweight champion Cassius Baloyi was shot in the leg in an attempted hijacking in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, in 2001.
Mpisekhaya Mbaduli, a provincial junior lightweight champion, was shot in KwaNobuhle, Port Elizabeth, in 2002 and Luvuyo Kazaka, a Cape light-weight champion, was shot dead at home in Cape Town in 2003.