Mbuleli Mathanga, a famous Two Oceans half-marathon South African athlete, suddenly died. He was reportedly discovered dead on early August 31, 2023, at his home in Ndwedwe, KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa.
Mathanga was 29 years old at the time of his death; his death cause is unknown. However, Mdu Khumalo, his Phantane Athletics Club coach, confirmed his passing and stated that Mathanga suffered a head injury and Police are looking into the situation.
After Khumalo’s statement to TimesLive: “I can say with certainty that he has passed away. With his family, I’m here in the mortuary, Khumalo stated on Thursday.”
The Official South African news TimesLIVE has announced his death through a Facebook post:
“Mbuleli Mathanga, who this year won the Two Oceans half-marathon and held the 10,000- and 5,000-meter records for KwaZulu-Natal, has passed away.”
Thoughts and condolences to his family and community. Mathanga’s funeral and burial services have not been disclosed.
Who was Mbuleli Mathanga?
Mbuleli Mathanga won the Two Oceans half-marathon and held the 10,000- and 5,000-meter records for KwaZulu-Natal. Mathanga won the South African 10,000-meter title in 2021 and 2022. He also represented the Olympics at the world cross-country championships in Australia in February and the African championships in Mauritius last year.
On the road, he won the Durban 15km in 2018, the Cape Town Gun Run 10km in 2019, and the Inkamana 10km in Vryheid in February 2022. Mathanga finished this year’s Two Oceans half-marathon first at 1:03:58.
He also participated internationally, placing third in the October 2021 Roma-Ostia half-marathon. According to Khumalo, the track and field athlete and road runner Mathanga had a boy and a daughter as children.
Mathanga demonstrated the potential of hard effort, commitment, and passion. Despite the shortness of his earthly life, his legacy endures. Let’s keep Mbuleli’s spirit alive by working toward our goals with the same zeal and dedication as he did to respect his legacy. Even though he is no longer among us, his influence will continue to motivate future generations.
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