Zithulele Sinqe dies in crash

2011-12-23 09:42

Johannesburg - Former road running champion Zithulele Sinqe died in a car accident on Thursday.

Mandla Radebe, the general manager of Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA), said on Friday that Sinqe, 48, had been involved in a motor vehicle accident in Balfour, where he worked after forming a development athletics club in the area.

"Sinqe was a member of the CGA commission, so this is a big loss to the province and to the sport of athletics," Radebe said.

Sinqe, a coach and television commentator over the last few years, will be remembered for his titanic battles with Willie Mtolo, Matthews Temane and Xolile Yawa during South Africa's golden era of road running, shortly before the country's return from isolation.

He was crowned SA marathon champion in 1986 with what was then the fifth fastest time in history, clocking 2:08.04 in Port Elizabeth to hold off Mtolo, a future New York marathon champion, by 11 seconds.

The following year Temane pipped Sinqe on the line to win the SA half-marathon title, with both runners clocking 1:00.11 - a world best time for the distance which stood for 10 years before Kenya's Shem Kororia ran 59:56 in Kosice in 1997.

In the twilight of his career, Sinqe turned his focus towards ultra-marathon races, winning the 56km Two Oceans marathon in 1996 and 1997.


  • Burtfred - 2011-12-23 09:55

    I nicer bloke you could not hope to meet. This is terribly sad news. R.I.P.

  • Fredster - 2011-12-23 09:57


  • ruben.maistry - 2011-12-23 10:00

    A true inspiration to other runners. Rest in peace comrade Sinqe.

  • Ian - 2011-12-23 10:05

    Oh no, what a legend Zit was - this is very sad news for South African athletics and the country. RIP and condolences to the family.

  • Dave - 2011-12-23 10:10

    Very Sad. RIP.

  • Mbeko - 2011-12-23 10:13

    A true south african legend, a gentleman...huge loss to sa sports, in particular the athletics... ! your prowess will never be forgotten ! RIP Zithulele...

  • Joseph - 2011-12-23 10:16

    damn.....,i know this chap,my heart bleeds,RIP dude

  • Genevieve - 2011-12-23 10:18

    oh this is such sad news..... what a legend.... you did our country proud. RIP.

  • SBoyzana Mfuneko Joko - 2011-12-23 10:19

    We have lost a friend,..this is a big loss indeed!!!

  • Pumezo - 2011-12-23 10:29


  • Thopa - 2011-12-23 10:42

    Soldier down...

      Thopa - 2011-12-23 14:11

      which two dogs gave me a thumbs down?

      Majorus - 2011-12-23 15:29

      In English, "soldier down" has a negative ring to it (google the definition if you want). Extending your condolences to the man's family would have been a nicer comment

  • Keith - 2011-12-23 10:58

    So sad. Sincere condolences to his friends and family. Very sorry that Zithulele has gone. He made us so proud.

  • Shaun - 2011-12-23 11:09

    Wow, that is shocking news to hear about what happened to one of the greatest runners SA has seen - may he rest in peace and condolences to he's family as well

  • sadilligaf - 2011-12-23 11:15

    Terribly sad news. RIP Zet, you were a great inspiration.

  • vuyo.pana - 2011-12-23 11:15

    It saddens me, that our road on a yearly basis are the cause of so many deaths, we need to something drastic as a country!

  • robinson.demarillac - 2011-12-23 11:26

    RIP Zet, and sincerest condolences to the family, children and Nicol......xxxxx

      Nicol Schultz - 2013-05-16 19:46

      Hey nicol here , i jus wanted to ask how do you know about me ?

  • Patrick - 2011-12-23 11:46

    A great and good South African. A man of your integrity will not pass this way soon. I only nkow you by your deeds. Oh what a sad day!

  • Jason - 2011-12-23 13:48


  • Simlindile - 2011-12-23 13:52

    It is with deep sadness that South Africa has lost yet another icon in such a short space of time.To his family we say God never forgets and He is never late,pitty that Christmas to the m has turned to grief but be strong in the Lord and to the power of His Might.

  • Simlindile - 2011-12-23 13:54

    Sad indeed,RIP ZS

  • lungisiles - 2011-12-23 14:52

    He was a good man, may his soul rest in peace.

  • lungisiles - 2011-12-23 14:53

    He was a good man, my his soul rest in peace.

  • Chris - 2011-12-23 16:02

    The loss of a truly great man - what terrible news. The country and the sport has lost an absolute legend - his values will make politicians drule with envy

  • Charles - 2011-12-23 16:34

    This is soooo sad, may his soul rest in peace.

  • Simon - 2011-12-23 16:50

    r i p

  • Nangamso Nan Mankai - 2011-12-23 19:57

    Very sad news. RIP!!!

  • KobieSchantellJooste - 2011-12-23 20:13

    Zet, Thnx. for all the help with the "Bob van Reenen" Stadium - Rest in Peace my Friend.

  • Nonhlanhla - 2011-12-23 23:07

    Very sad indeed, condolences to the family, my frend Siphiwe, God is indeed with you in this hard times

  • Andre - 2011-12-24 13:16

    IAAF class of 2006 RIP Z.. You will be missed and always remebered.

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