“Baby Lee” had potential to have great success in boxing: Manager

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The manager of the late female boxer, Leighandre Jegels, has described her as talented, saying she showed potential to have greater success in her field.

Mlandeli Tengimfene was speaking after Jegels, known as Baby Lee, was shot and killed near Mdantsane, in East London on Friday.

The victim’s mother was admitted to hospital after she was also shot, and injured in the incident.

Tengimfene says: “She had nine wins, no loss and seven knock outs. She campaigned internationally and now in July she was supposed to fight in Saudi Arabia. She was disappointed because they cancelled the fight.”

“I just saw talent when I first met her, and some people probably don’t know that she had a black belt in karate.”

In a statement, Boxing South Africa says the 25-year-old was allegedly killed by her former boyfriend – a member of the police’s Tactical Response Team – whom she had a restraining order against.

The suspect was arrested after fleeing the scene allegedly killing two pedestrians in the town of Peddie amid attempts to evade the police.

He will appear in court on Monday.

Meanwhile women’s rights Masimanyane Support International says there is a strong need for society to be educated about matters related to gender based violence.

This after many women throughout the country are being killed at the hands of their partners.

Masimanyane director Dr Lee- Anne Foster says this scourge has to be stopped. “Gender based violence has been declared a national crisis by the President. This obviously means that it is very serious and we need more than awareness.”

“One of the outcomes of the strategic plan is a prevention strategy. We are looking at what do we need to do to change attitudes and behaviours. We need to change the norms withing our society, looking at how women should be valued.”