Boxing belt awarded to Mandela stolen in South Africa
According to the police, a World Boxing Council championship belt that belonged to Nelson Mandela was stolen from a museum in Soweto in South Africa.
Sugar Ray Leonard, a legendary figure in American boxing, paid a visit to South Africa and presented Mandela with a championship belt while he was there.
It was just one of the many relics that could be found inside the Nelson Mandela National Museum, which is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world.
Mandela, who was an amateur boxer in his younger years, held the belt in high regard, and it was prominently displayed in the museum in the house in Soweto township, West of Johannesburg, that he had called home.
Vilakazi Street is the only street in the world to have ever been home to two people who went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and the museum is one of the most popular attractions on the street. Both Nelson Mandela and the late anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu resided on the street during their lifetimes.
The museum, also known as Mandela House, was broken into, and the subsequent crime was reported to the police on July 1st. According to the police, the belt was taken by thieves when they broke into the museum.
It is stated that employees who reported for the job at the renowned museum on Vilakazi Street, which is located on the property where the anti-apartheid icon resided between the years 1946 and 1962, observed that the locks had tampered with the previous day.
According to a statement made by a police spokeswoman named Dimakatso Sello, no suspects have been apprehended, and the police are seeking any information relating to the incident.
After spending 27 years in prison for his fight against apartheid, the brutal system of white minority rule that was in effect in the country from 1948 until 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected leader of South Africa in 1994. This was after he had spent those 27 years in prison.