Mandela’s boxing belt stolen from Soweto museum

Mandela’s boxing belt stolen from Soweto museum

The boxing belt that former WBC world champion Sugar Ray Leonard offered to former president Nelson Mandela has been stolen from the South African anti-apartheid leader’s historic house museum in Soweto, outside of Johannesburg, it was announced this Wednesday.

Gauteng police confirmed the incident to the local press and stated that they have been investigating the crime since the 2nd of this month.

The theft took place two weeks ago at Mandela’s home on Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, Soweto, according to South African television channel ENCA.

“The incident increases the use of security, now we need to make sure we increase the safety of our tourists,” Thato Mothopeng, of the official body responsible for local tourism – SA Township and Village Tourism – said in a conversation with South African television.

The WBC title [World Boxing Council] It was given to Mandela by the former US boxing world champion after the South African leader’s release on February 11, 1990.

The artifact, estimated to be worth 50,000 rand (3,000 euros), was considered one of the most important objects on display at the residence of the country’s first black president and historical leader of the ANC, according to South African authorities. , the party in power since 1994 in South Africa.

Author: DN/Lusa

Source: El heraldo