- The Nelson Mandela Foundation has called for the return of the former president's boxing belt
- The belt was a gift from boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard following Madiba's release from prison
- The foundation hopes that whoever stole it will realise the significance of this gift and return it
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SOWETO - The Nelson Mandela Foundation is the latest to lend its voice to the growing calls for the former president’s world championship boxing belt to be returned. The belt was gifted to Nelson Mandela by boxing giant Sugar Ray Leonard.
The foundation’s Spokesperson Morongwa Phukubye slammed the theft and said the belt was gifted to Madiba because of his love of boxing. According to News24, Phukubye said the foundation hopes that whoever stole it will realise the significance of this gift and return it to its rightful place.
The foundation said it was saddened by the theft of such an iconic and symbolic item. The boxing belt was on display at the Nelson Mandela House in Soweto and was reported missing earlier this month.
Police Spokesperson Dimakatso Sello told EWN that anyone with information about the incident is requested to contact the police. All information received will be treated as strictly confidential.
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South Africans angered over the theft of Nelson Mandela’s boxing belt:
“They wouldn’t have taken it if they had integrity.”
“This country and stealing ai.”
“South Africa is a joke.”
“I wonder what the stupid moron who stole is going to do with it. I mean it’s priceless, sentimental value, eye of the beholder vibes.”
Prized championship boxing belt gifted to Nelson Mandela stolen from former president’s Soweto home, it's hoped it will be returned
In a previous report on the theft, Briefly News reported the R50 000 world championship boxing belt that was displayed at former President Nelson Mandela’s house was stolen. The belt was a gift from legendary American boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.
The irreplaceable gift was stolen from the Mandela House in Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, Soweto.
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Source: Briefly News