Police following leads on Mosiako attack

Thabang Mosiako sprints past Elroy Gelant in the men's 5000 metres event. Photo: Selogile Leshage

The NW police spokesperson, Lt-Col Adele Myburgh says the police has established a task team to investigate the attack on SA athlete Thabang Mosiako.

Lt-Col Adele Myburgh could not elaborate on the details of the investigations but says the task team led by Col Visser are following leads at this stage.

‘No arrests have been made. An assault case with intent to do grievous bodily harm is being investigated,’ she said.

Myburgh says the case is also in process to be transferred to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) as there are allegations of police assaulting these victims.  ‘The allegations will be investigated,’ she added.

Louis Jacobs, the NWU spokesperson says the NWU Protection Services are supporting the police by providing whatever information possible to them.

‘Since the matter came to our attention, there is a close working relationship between us the SAPS task team set up to investigate the matter. No details of any suspects have been provided to the NWU yet,’ said Jacobs.

 

The police investigations comes after a South African 5000 m athletics champion, Thabang Mosiako was assaulted in an alleged racial attack on the Bult last Sunday morning.

The 22-year-old Mosiako, a Boston College Human Resources student and a Nedbank runner was beaten unconscious and woke up in Potchefstroom Hospital, after sustaining injuries to the head.

Thabang Mosiako rose to stardom when he raced past former 5000 m champion and SA record holder, Elroy Galant in a packed Puk McArthur stadium during the SA Senior Athletics Championships in 2017 to claim top honours. Later that year, at the Joburg 10k CityRun, he destroyed another household name and star performer, Stephen Mokoka in the 10 000 m.

Looking back on some of these impressive achievements, Mosiako says he is shattered that his athletics career is now in tatters.  ‘What if this attack has affected me mentally? I am worried that I might be left up with a permanent disability. Will I ever compete like I used to? I am supposed to represent my country next month but I don’t know if I can represent people who beat me to a pulp because of the colour of my skin. I am supposed to go and represent the same people internationally,’ he said emotionally.

The athlete says that, with his prize money, he was always able to feed his family and support his two younger sisters. ‘Drastic steps must be taken to deal with these perpetrators. They are roaming freely outside while I’m in pain,’ he said.

 

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Selogile Leshage
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