2nd September 2014.
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