Mamabolo gets red-carpet treatment PHOTOS
NEW Comrades Marathon champion Ludwick Mamabolo brought Polokwane to a virtual standstill yesterday with celebrations to honour his achievement.
Red carpets were rolled out in Polokwane as Mamabolo went on a parade in the city and surrounding villages, including Segopye, near Moria, where he was born. Mamabolo was treated like a king during the parade organised by Polokwane mayor Freddy Greaver, as people sang, chanted and ululated during the victory parade.
Some of them were blowing vuvuzelas as Mamabolo's entourage proceeded through the main streets of Polokwane, escorted by police and traffic officers.
Driven around in a BMW convertible, Mamabolo repeatedly posed for photos while other well-wishers sang "Bosso ke mang? Bosso ke Ludwick Mamabolo (Who's the boss? Ludwick Mamabolo is the boss)".
After the parade, Mamabolo was taken to Premier Cassel Mathale's office where the athlete was showered with praises for his courage in taking three months' unpaid leave to prepare for the Comrades.
Mathale congratulated Mamabolo for putting Limpopo and South Africa on the international map by winning the popular marathon.
"As a token of our appreciation, we have decided to give you something to cover up for the money lost in the past three months. We are convinced your victory will inspire many other athletes to do well," he said.
Accompanied by his wife Lerato, Mamabolo said he appreciated the support from the people of Limpopo and the rest of South Africa.