At a tender age of 13, Gospel star Vusi Mtokufa was making money and headlines. He was a unique teenager until fame got to his head. And then he got involved in a life of promiscuity, and drunkenness. At 17 years old, he fell in love with a 22 year-old woman whom he was later accused for her death. It was reported that he assaulted and left her with internal bleeding. He was locked up at Boys Prison in Gaborone before his mention, when he was granted bail. He would later be acquitted. In an interview with The Midweek Sun, the 26 year-old revealed that he had it tough in 2009 when he was blamed for his girlfriend, Refilwe Thojane’s death. He says that there was a conspiracy against him by fellow artists who wanted to destroy him.
“We had a fight five days before she died. We did not have a history of violence as a couple,” he stated. According to Vusi, Thojane was drunk when they fought after he caught her with a fellow artist, after he had long expressed discomfort about their friendship. “She was drunk. As the fracas continued she threatened to break my friend’s car and I had called a cab, she jumped in and started assaulting me and broke my hand which is why I ended up in hospital,” he said. The pathologist report would later show that she died of acute liver failure which resulted from an overdose of paracetamol contrary to the prosecutor’s claims that she died of injuries sustained from the fight before her death. “She was my best friend and my woman.
I loved her. She used to dance for other artists,” he described her. For Vusi, life before and after his case was hard as he encountered rejection from every corner. People labeled him a murderer, and from a much celebrated artist who used to sell 35 000 copies of his album, he was now labeled a fake Christian. “Even churches and pastors rejected me. I felt all alone, but I never thought of suicide,” he said. However, he said his life changed when he met fellow prisoners who had repented while in prison and told him that he was going to be a man of God who would be used to heal the wounded. “Another one told me I was going to be granted bail and it happened,” he said. Vusi would later meet a Ghanaian pastor who nurtured his gift and helped restore him. He would later make a great comeback with Ama Pelo yaka which won him back into people’s hearts again.
“It was God reintroducing me back to His people and it’s all about grace and restoration,” he said. For the past two years, Vusi has been in demand among churches and local organisations to come and preach and sing for them. He has also made a name for himself in South Africa where he is also signed. In the next few months, Vusi says he will open his church called City of Hope International. He also wants to start a mentorship class to empower the youth.
Local boxers ready for regional tourney
Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) this past Tuesday officially unveiled a Local Organising Committee (LOC) that has been tasked with preparing for the upcoming Zone 4 championships that are to be held in Botswana.
The team is headed by celebrated boxing legend France Mabiletsa and is expected to host more than seven countries that are expected to descend in Botswana in the next two weeks. Officiating at the event, Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) Vice Chairperson Tsoseletso Magang said that BoBA officials should refrain from interfering with the task given to the LOC. She noted that many sporting codes often give the LOC the responsibility of delivering an event only for the code members to bully themselves into the affairs of the LOC and disrupts the preparations.
Magang warned that there is little time left before the tournament, and with that, the LOC will need all the support to ensure they deliver a successful event. She noted that hosting the regional tournament gave Botswana an upper hand of fielding more athletes that will have an opportunity to qualify for the Africa Championships scheduled for later this year.
For his part, Mabiletsa noted that they have already hit the ground running and confident that the event will be a success. The competition will be hosted in Botho College and they are in talks with Ave Maria to accommodate athletes. “Life will be made much easier for athletes if they are accommodated at Ave Maria because it is closer to the competition venue,” he said.
He explained that the zone is made up of 12 countries of Lesotho, Angola, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe among others. However as of this past Tuesday, only seven had confirmed participation and they expect to finalize the logistics by the end of the week.
Meanwhile, a formidable national boxing team of eight men captained by Mmusie Tswiiige (60kg) and three ladies led by Lethabo Modukanele (48kg) will represent the country at the regional tournament.
According to the Head coach Lechedzani ‘Master’ Luza, the team has been on camp for the past three weeks. In his opinion, the team is ready to compete. “Generally, they are not bad, we need to work on a few things such as power and speed on some boxers, the defence department is also not bad,” he said.
Luza noted that Botswana has always established herself as a powerhouse and there is no doubt that majority, if not all team Botswana members will win a medal during competition time. He explained that the competition was one of the many leading to Tokyo 2020 Olympics and will give local boxers an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics.
Branch does it again
Local motorcycle racing sensation Ross Branch has continued his stellar form after securing overall second position in the internationally renowned Merzouga Rally. The race came to a conclusion this past weekend and Branch has proven his mettle amongst some of the best rally motorcyclists in the world.
The podium finish is expected to take the Dakar Rally racer to even greater heights in the hugely competitive and expensive sport. It has been barely two months since the talented local rider emerged as a top class racer at the Dakar Rally where he finished 13 and walked away with the fastest rookie of the 10 000 km odyssey.
At Merzouga, things seemed a little better for the rider as the terrain offer sand and rock as opposed to the treacherous dunes in Dakar. Branch who was using a different navigation system in Morocco showed his pace after winning the fourth stage of the race last week Thursday.
Prior to his podium finish Branch said Merzouga was only his second rally and he was willing to learn from some of the top riders in the sport. The KTM 450cc rider said he was now setting his sights on other major races including the 2020 Dakar Rally that has been confirmed for Saudi Arabia.
Since returning from the Dakar, Ross has stayed busy and competed at the cross-country championship in Kwazulu Natal in South Africa, where he finished fourth. The local rider is expected to compete at the upcoming 1000 km Toyota Desert Race, an event he has won more than seven times.
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