Mathebula Not Eligible for Funeral Benefits

23 Jan 2020

The spate of former boxers dying as paupers has reared its ugly head again after Boxing South Africa confirmed that it had not made arrangements to financially assist in Peter Mathebula's funeral.

Mathebula‚ 67‚ died in Mohlakeng in Randfontein at the weekend after a long illness.

He was the first SA black boxer to win a world title when he upstaged Korean Tae-Shik Kim with a decision to claim the WBA flyweight title in the US in December 1980.

Despite his illustrious career‚ Mathebula hit hard times after retiring from boxing and was even forced to sell his boxing belts and regalia in order to survive.

Since retiring he often appeared at boxing events as a guest, but this was not accompanied by monetary benefits.

This has left his family having to seek help in order to meet funeral costs.

A BSA delegation led by CEO Tsholofelo Lejaka and Board Chairman Peter Ngatane visited the family, but could not give an undertaking of financial help towards the funeral.

Lejaka confirmed that Mathebula would not be eligible to benefit from BSA's funeral cover policy as that was only meant for active boxers.

But due to Mathebula's legacy there are expectations that his funeral should receive government categorisation.

Lejaka said no formal talks had been entered into with the government or municipality in that regard.