Bongani Dlamini dies in Motor Accident - by Ron Jackson

One of South Africa’s brightest young prospects lightweight boxer Bongani Dlamini died in a motor accident when his car smashed into a tree in Sandringham, Johannesburg on September 4 2011.

Three other passengers in the car including Bongani’s brother who is also a professional fighter survived the accident.

Bongani was born in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga on January 8, 1987 and made his
professional debut on August 17, 2007 when he stopped Own Mackay in the first round.

His first loss came against Thanduxolo Dyani who beat him on points over three

He then won his next four fights before being stopped in the third round by Jason
Bedeman in a clash for the IBO Africa lightweight title.

Putting this setback behind him he won his next three fights against Joseph Modise, Raymond Kupula and Samkelo Fani inside the distance and was scheduled to challenge South African lightweight champion Thompsom Mokwana in October.

Bongani who had a record of 9- 2; 8 was a personal trainer and leaves his wife Mpho and a young son of one year old.

His manager Jodi Solomon said that Bongani was one of the nicest people around and was always willing to help out his fellow fighters in the gym with a smile.

It was quite uncanny how many fighters have died in motor accidents, WBF and IBO
lightweight champion Mlungisi Dlamini died in a motor accident in Janaury last year in KwaZulu Natal.

Amongst other top South African fighters who have died in motor accidents are Arnold Taylor, Pierre Fourie, Arthur Mayisela, Bushy Bester, Ludumo Galada, Mike Buttle and Sandile Sobandla.