For­mer boxer Botes far from dead

Sowetan - - Sport -

For­mer pro­fes­sional boxer Martin “Soweto” Botes is very much alive, his sis­ter-in-law Jenny Botes con­firmed yes­ter­day.

“He was miss­ing and we looked for him ev­ery­where, in­clud­ing Hill­brow and He­len Joseph mor­tu­ar­ies. We could not find him any­where. Martin was bumped by a car and also as­saulted in the streets. We later found out that he was at the Jo­han­nes­burg Gen­eral Hospi­tal but still he ran away on Wed­nes­day morn­ing,” she said.

“Se­cu­rity guards at Grey­mont shop­ping cen­tre [north­west of Jo­han­nes­burg] called me to say Martin was there beg­ging for money. I went straight to him to find out as to what ex­actly hap­pened and all he could say was sorry. His el­dest daugh­ter was cry­ing. This man has beau­ti­ful grand­chil­dren but he wants to stay in the streets. He does not want to be helped and he looks bad but he is alive.”

An­dries Otto, who said he boxed with Botes in the am­a­teurs and had looked af­ter him, had er­ro­neously told Sowe­tan on Wed­nes­day that Botes was found dead in Newlands, Joburg, on Mon­day af­ter­noon. – Bon­gani Ma­gasela

Sowe­tan apol­o­gises to Botes’s fam­ily for the wrong re­port on his death.

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