The world championship boxing belt given to former President Nelson Mandela by prominent American boxer Sugar Ray Leonard has been stolen.
Police confirmed to TimesLIVE that the belt was worth approximately R50,000 stolen from Mandela’s home on Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, Soweto.
Colonel Dimakatso Sello, spokesman, said a case of theft was opened with police on July 2.
“No suspects and no police have been arrested.
“Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact the to contact the police. All information received will be kept strictly confidential,” she said.
The Central Boxing Club in Luxembourg quoted from a recent interview with Leonard, in which he recounted his meeting with Madiba: “I was in South Africa and was invited to dinner at his house. I go to the front door and he opens it. Can you imagine? He opens the door himself.
“Just being invited meant everything to me, and then he opens the door. He hugged me. I got weak in my legs. I ended up giving him one of my championship belts. When I first met him, he looked at me and said, ‘You inspired me.’ I said, “Sir, contraire, you inspired me.”
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