The boxing fraternity in the Eastern Cape is in shock after the death of a rising star from Kariega. Bongiwe Colani’s death has raised many questions from her family about what led her to commit suicide.

An inquest into her death is under way.

Colani was the number one female boxer in the Eastern Cape since 2016 in the flyweight division.

She turned professional in May. She represented South Africa as an amateur boxer on a number of occasions, winning silver medals both in Angola and Mozambique.

Prior to her death, Bongiwe disappeared for two days. Now the search for answers is on.

Mazizi Vumazonke President of Amateur Boxing in the Eastern Cape says “The entire South Africa at large sent messages because of the death of Bongiwe. Bongiwe was a shining star, she has been a national champion winning medals at international level. We as the leadership in the Eastern Cape, we are working with government in fighting gender-based violence and stereotype that undermines women or discriminates women in sport. She was a role model.”

Her raw talent has been spotted as far afield as England.