SPORTS and Recreation SA and Boxing South Africa has expressed its heartfelt condolences to the Kompolo family after the untimely passing away of a young and up-coming boxer, Mzwanele Kompolo.
Kompolo passed away yesterday (September 15) at Frere hospital in the Eastern Cape after taking part in the sanctioned fight which was promoted by Ntsikayezwe Sigcawu Promotions. Mzwanele Kompolo passed away subsequent to being knocked out in the fight against Siphenathi Qampi. The boxer experienced his knockout TKO punch during the first round and upon his collapse started to experience complications. Under the watchful eye of the ringside doctor, he was immediately treated on the spot. With his condition worsening he was therefore transferred to Butterworth and later transferred to Frere Hospital where he was comatose until his passing.
Minister Fikile Mbalula expressed his heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Kompolo, saying: “It is indeed sad to hear of this news involving the passing of this young upcoming athlete. I am truly saddened by his passing especially during the period wherein we are still establishing the circumstances that led to the passing of the late Phindile Mwelase. Also, on behalf of my department of Sport And Recreation, our heartfelt condolences to the family and everyone associated with the young athlete. I am confident that BSA will do everything in its power to furnish us with all details”.
Expressing her remorseful condolences to the passing of Kompolo, Chairperson of Boxing South Africa Ntambi Ravele said it is indeed sad to hear of this incident.
“To lose a young athlete in a controlled and regulated environment it is heartbreaking. We are earnestly in the process of establishing all the facts which lead to Kompolo’s death. In this regard, we are in consultation with the medical team at Frere hospital and the family of the deceased, further information in consultation with the family will be made available should the need arise. At this moment, our thoughts and prayers are with the family”.
Kompolo hails from a small rural village of Dimbaza in King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape.