Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
17 Feb 2015
7:00 am

Road race theft enquiry continues

Wesley Botton

The investigation into the alleged sales of stolen race numbers and t-shirts at the annual Johnson Crane Marathon in Benoni will continue next week, Central Gauteng Athletics general manager Mandla Radebe confirmed on Tuesday.

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“We held a hearing yesterday and it was decided we should meet again in one week, in order to hear from witnesses on both sides,” Radebe said.

“We will also try to bring in other people who are linked to the allegations, so we can hear from them and get to the bottom of this.”

While Radebe initially said two people had been arrested at last month’s Johnson Crane 42km race, including veteran athlete Never Mathiye, local authorities told the Benoni City Times only one man had been charged for theft.

Other people were also believed to be involved in the long-running scam carried out at races throughout the province, including former Comrades Marathon gold medallist Elias Mabane, though the possible ties to the two-time Johnson Crane winner remained unclear.

Radebe would not name the athlete who was facing the disciplinary enquiry.

“The charge (laid with the police) has not been dropped,” he said. “According to feedback we received he is out on bail and police are still investigating, but I’m not certain.”