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” Grant the driver grows more furious by the minute.He’s spent almost four hours at the Olympian’s farmhouse, a good hour east of Johannesburg, eavesdropping on every word of the interview. A bald, white Afrikaner in Ah-nold black shades, who keeps his Glock in the drinks-holder next to the steering wheel as he drives, and tells white-guy-to-white guy, racially-loaded jokes until his customer tells him to stop. He can’t just live out here and no-one knows what happened.” Job Mahlangu, Thugwane’s first mentor – the man who discovered him running in black shoes without rubber soles, 27 years ago – stares vacantly towards the Koornfontein Mines in Mpumalanga, where they first met.BRONKHORSTSPRUIT: The picture in an aging, tan-brick farmhouse, at the end of a long, dusty road on the savannah, distils the essence of a national hero.
He dreamed of being a famous soccer player, like the late John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu of the national team.Before the on-camera interview begins and the videographers begin rolling, he wants to know why the reporter came to his home, 19 years later.He is told about the American production company that developed ‘Million Dollar Arm’, Mandt Bros.Nineteen years later, Josia Thugwane looks at the photo, competing for space on his living room wall with a mural of himself and Nelson Mandela.
He still doesn’t know whether he affected lives that day.
But Thugwane’s dreams were beaten out of him by his uncle’s belt – sometimes until he bled.