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JOHANNESBURG – Singing praise songs and hymns and blowing vuvuzela's, South African sporting fans are paying their final respects to three sporting figures who died within three days of each other.
South Africa's sport ministry organized a combined memorial service on Thursday for fans of national soccer captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, Olympic silver medalist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and welterweight boxer Phindile Mwelase.
Along with supporters wearing club and national jerseys, South Africa's sporting figures and officials gathered at an indoor sports arena in downtown Johannesburg. The crowd became silent as the families of the deceased entered the hall.
Meyiwa was killed in an apparent robbery on Sunday while Mulaudzi died in car crash on Friday. Female boxer Mwelase died Saturday after two weeks in a coma following a bout.