'Young people should emulate Mbulaeni Mulaudzi'

The ANC says South Africans must rally behind the family of the late world champion.

Mbulaeni Mulaudzi. Picture: Twitter @beningfield.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has called on South Africans to rally behind the family of former 800 metre World Champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, who died in a car crash last week.

Mulaudzi was driving to Johannesburg from Emalahleni, when he lost control of his car and it rolled.

His death has been met with shock by the athletics fraternity, as well as President Jacob Zuma, who described him as a role model for the country's youth.

The ANC's Keith Khoza says Mulaudzi embodied what the country has come to expect from its athletes.

"His family should be supported to cope with the pressure. We also expect that young people should emulate him in future, to be able to carry the South African flag high."

President of Athletics South Africa (ASA), Aleck Skhosana, has also relayed his condolences, saying the 34-year-old track runner proved his worth by beating the best in his category.

"He did that with distinction many times and has defeated the best of the best athletes from Eastern Europe and East Africa."

Details of Mulaudzi's funeral are to be announced this week.