Friday (24-10-2014) we went to bed with heavy hearts with the news that Mbulaeni Mulaudzi died in a car crash. Last night(26-10-2014) we suffered the same fate with news that Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead. I bet I’m not the only one who hoped that I’d wake up and realise that all this was a nightmare. One might say, one had just dimmed the lights of his career and the other was just at the prime of his career, but this is not just about careers here these are people’s live that got cut short, someone’s father, husband, brother, uncle, son, mentor and role model. A fallen star and a fallen legend, truly death has no shame my heart still bleeds.
Born in the dusty village Muduluni in Makhado a place that seemed to have no hope a legend was born. Mbulaeni Mulaudzi started running at a young age, in his teenage years he saw himself win his first 800m gold medal in the 1999 African Junior Athletics Championships. Determined to take his running from being just a sport that one does at school to a career, he continued running and came second in the 2000 African Championship Athletics. Just when he thought his career was on the rise he was humbled when he came 6th in the 2001 World Championships, but like a true hustler he picked himself up and headed to the track. In 2004 he went to his 1st Olympics games where he won silver then later won gold in the World Indoor Championships. 2006 was the year that made him when he was ranked number one in the world and being the first South African black man to do so. He became the Sportsman of the year. He announced his retirement from the track last year (2013), I could write a book about his career as he is one of the most decorated athletes of all time. Gijima mgijimi the heavens are waiting to receive you.
If you know what the term “started from the bottom now we’re here” means then you’ll know that Senzo is an epitome of that. Born and bred in Umlazi like any boy he had dreams of becoming a soccer star a striker to be precise then later converted to a goal keeper. Spotted by Orlando Pirates scouts Senzo joined Orlando Pirates Development at the age of 13, he was later moved to Yebo Yes United (Pirates Reserve side) to sharpen his skills till he was drafted to the senior team where he still waited in the side lines as second choice keeper behind Moeneeb Josephs, for he knew God’s timing is always perfect. When his opportunity came he grabbed it with open arms. He has all the medals of all PSL tournaments. The shot stopper’s brilliance led his team to a CAF Champions League final. He played through all the international ranks U-17, U-20, U-23 and was now captain of Bafana as well as Pirates and in his 7 Bafana caps he had only conceded once. In my highlights of him in his last match on Saturday night(25-10-2014) was when he was fouled the whistle was blown but an Ajax player kicked the ball anyway that then it hit him in the stomach and he pretended to be hurt, what a drama king. Ezimnyama ngenkani ezika maghebula will miss you go join the ghost family in heaven.
As much as God’s timing is always perfect, death’s timing is never perfect. A nation weeps we were never ready, how does one ease the pain of a double loss? To the Mulaudzi and the Meyiwa family our hearts are with you, may the Lord comfort you and give you strength in this difficult time. Death be not proud.
Edited By: K