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Late boxer's dream home a non-starter

By unknown | Mar 27, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

The 14 members of late boxer Samora Msophi's family are understood to still be living in a four-roomed shack in Mdantsane while Boxing SA is sitting on R160000 that was donated to the Samora Msophi Trust Fund.

The money was raised by concerned citizens after the launch of the trust that was aimed at helping realise Msophi's dream of building a house for his family.

Businessman Butityi Konki deposited R50000 into the account, Boxing SA contributed R10000 while promoter Branco Milenkovic put down the same amount. Umso Construction, a black-owned company, also pledged to buy building materials to the tune of R50000.

But the land has not even been bought yet. The family is said to be in the dark. Attempts to get comment from them yesterday drew a blank.

Boxing SA chief executive Bongani Khumalo yesterday said not much progress had been made.

"We asked Umso Construction to identify the site, draw a plan together with the family then present it to Boxing SA for approval," he said.

"We are actually waiting on them [Umso Construction] with the plan. We really want to deliver to the family. With further sponsors in terms of material, we can expedite, move them to the house we promised. We've got R160000 in the account."

Samora died in hospital on June 27 last year after he was stopped in the fourth round by Mfundo Gwayana at Orient Theatre in East London.


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