HE mother of late Bafana Bafana star, Sizwe Motaung, is crying out for help.
Babsy Banduram (65) says she is looking for good Samaritans to help her buy a tombstone for her son, who died in 2001 after a long illness.
Babsy poured her heart out to Move!, saying, “My son’s grave has collapsed and is in a bad state. I’m appealing to South Africans for help.”
A tearful Babsy says she believes that her son’s dignity will be restored once his grave has a tombstone.
“I live daily with the pain of knowing that my son’s grave Late soccer star, Sizwe Motaung’s grave is collapsing and does not have a tombstone. This has been troubling his mother, Babsy Banduram, for years is not in good shape. He was a great soccer star and respected across the world, yet his grave lacks dignity. I am not at peace with myself and if I had financial means, I would have long fixed the problem.”
She adds, “What worries me the most is that Sizwe’s soul is not resting in peace. I have tried everything that I could to raise some money, but I failed,” she says tearfully. Babsy says part of the blame belongs to Sizwe’s father, Mogafisi, who passed away soon after their son died. “Mogafisi used to get Sizwe’s money when they were both still alive, but he did not see to it that our son gets a tombstone,” she laments.
“I ask myself what I did wrong every time I go to his grave. I have been crying for help, but I am not getting any.”
She adds, “I don’t even know where to go for help as I don’t know who to contact or speak to. My life is not well at the moment. I pray that God will give me the strength to do what is right by my son, which is to fix his grave.”
Sizwe was buried in Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal. He was married to the late Zodwa Khoza, who was the daughter of soccer boss, Irvin Khoza.
Babsy says at this stage, her hope lies with sports administrators.
“I appeal to soccer administrators and soccer players to help. The state of Sizwe’s grave worries me, and Sizwe’s spirit is asking why I have neglected him like this. To make matters worse, I do not have a job or a source of income, which makes it even more difficult for me to finance a tombstone. This is a crisis, and I need help dealing with it,” she says.
Sizwe was among the most famous soccer stars in the country, playing for Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, St. Gallen FC in Switzerland and CD Tenerife in Spain.
He was part of the Bafana Bafana squad that won the African Cup of Nations in 1996.