Chuene living in fear after attacks

FORMER Athletics South Africa president Leonard Chuene is living in fear after a series of mysterious damages to his property

As a result Chuene, who has been keeping a low profile since he was banned from athletics, has opened a case of intimidation and malicious damage to property with the police in Johannesburg.

Investigating officer Warrant Officer Lovemore Sithole confirmed yesterday that Chuene had opened a case at Mondeor Police Station.

"I can confirm that we are investigating a case of intimidation and malicious damage to property. Mr Chuene feels that his life is in danger," Sithole said.

Chuene said: "There have been a lot of strange things happening since I was banned by the South African Sport Confederation and the Olympic Committee.

"I have always seen cars with strange-looking people following me and have not really worried, but the damage to my property got me thinking otherwise. Hence I opened a case with the police.

"At first people or an individual flattened the tyres of our cars. Later bicycles belonging to my grandchildren were stolen. To our surprise, the bicycles were found across the road the following week. There is another recent case which I don't want to comment on because police are investigating.

"I'm no longer involved in athletics. I don't understand why people are still after me. I'm also seeking legal advice because my property has been damaged."

Chuene was banned from athletics by Sascoc after he and two other colleagues were found guilty of various charges, including their handling of the Caster Semenya gender tests.

Kakata Maponyane, Simon Dlamini and Chuene have always maintained their innocence and accuse Sascoc of conducting a which-hunt against them.

Parliament has been approached by some of the people involved in sports across the spectrum to investigate Sascoc's handling of the case against Chuene and his colleagues.

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