The IFP calls on the Kwazulu-Natal Provincial Government to urgently conduct an investigation into claims that athletes participating in the Nelson Mandela Day Marathon over the weekend were forced to sleep on concrete floors, without toilets and food the night before the race.
“This must be investigated as we are of the view that the company which was awarded the tender to provide tents and mattresses for runners, as is normally done at the Comrades Marathon, has failed to provide this service.
This debacle goes against the aim of honouring Madiba’s legacy through sport and also to make people more aware of his life and his contribution to South Africa’s democratic freedom. This is a total disgrace to former President, Dr Nelson Mandela and also reflects badly on our country, considering that there were participants from other countries,” said IFP Spokesperson on Sports and Recreation, Mr Nhlanhla Msimango,MPL.
“We cannot allow a situation where our athletes are treated inhumanely. Action must be taken to ensure that this does not re-occur. An investigation and action must be taken against those responsible for this debacle starting with the uMgungundlovu District Municipality who hosted this event,” continued Mr Msimango.
“Government must also work hard in a co-ordinated effort to ensure that the next marathon is well organised and participants must be guaranteed that plans are in place to ensure a successful marathon. Our runners must be treated with dignity failure to do so will discourage many athletes from participating in future events,” concluded Mr Msimango.
Mr Nhlanhla Msimango,MPL, IFP Spokesperson on Sports and Recreation, 074 259 0820
For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675
Source : Inkatha Freedom Party