Remove my son’s name at your stadium – Manyathela

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Gladys Manyathela, the mother to the late Orlando Pirates striker Lesley Manyathela, has lashed out at the Musina Local Municipality, who she says are disrespecting the legacy of her son.

Formerly known as the Nancefield Stadium, the facility was renamed after the former Bafana Bafana player, following his passing in a car accident in August 2003.

But Ms Manyathela claims that the stadium has now been turned into a drug smoking area, vandalised and says it’s an insult to her son and the family and therefore asks the municipality to remove his name.

“The decision that I have taken as a mother, I wish somebody out there will hear me and act the way I want. I just want them to remove the name of my son, let them cancel the name of my son because they are smearing him with the mud, dirty,” Manyathela told FARPost.

“The stadium is not something that a mother would boast about. It is vandalised, it is dirty, and everywhere it’s filthy. Nobody cares and it has turned to where people are smoking drugs, it has turned to where people are smuggling things and put them inside there so really it’s something that I am not proud of as a mother.

“What I wish is somebody out there who can help me and remove the name of my son then I will have peace of mind,” she added.

This publication reached out to the Musina Local Municipality through their spokesperson Wilson Dzebu who did not respond to the questions regarding the state of the facility.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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