‘ HE CAN’T FEEL HIS LEGS’

Tha­bang Lebese might never walk again

Sunday World - - News - NOR­MAN MASUNGWINI

AIL­ING for­mer Kaizer Chiefs and Or­lando Pi­rates star mid­fielder Tha­bang Lebese’s fans might wake up to the heart-rend­ing news that the re­tired footie is paral­ysed.

Sun­day World can to­day re­veal that Lebese can­not feel his legs af­ter medics per­formed not one but two lum­bar punc­tures – where a nee­dle is in­serted into the spinal canal to draw fluid.

His state has his fam­ily and friends wor­ried that there is a pos­si­bil­ity that he might not walk again.

Three of Lebese’s close friends say they cried when they saw him ly­ing help­lessly in his hospi­tal bed at He­len Joseph Hospi­tal in Joburg this week.

His for­mer team­mate at Kaizer Chiefs, Shakes Kun­goane, says they are try­ing to or­gan­ise a ben­e­fit match for him.

“I vis­ited him twice in hospi­tal and see­ing him like that was very dis­turb­ing and painful.

“All I can say is we should pray for him to get well,” he says.

His aunt, who re­fused to iden­tify her­self, re­fused to com­ment, say­ing the fam­ily was tired of talk­ing to the me­dia about Lebese.

“The me­dia must stay away from him.

’ not get his privacy.

“It is painful to the fam­ily and I wish you wouldn’t write any­thing about him.

“You ’ ll write only when we are ready to talk to you,” she said, threat­en­ing to take le­gal ac­tion against any news­pa­per that pub­lishes a story about Lebese’s con­di­tion.

ma­sung­winin@sun­day­world.co.za

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