Beloved South African rugby commentator Kaunda Ntunja has died, his household has confirmed.
The tragic information was associated by his sister, Tando, on social media on Monday morning.
“It’s with deep unhappiness that I affirm the passing of our beloved brother Kaunda Ntunja, earlier at this time in East London, Japanese Cape,” she posted. “As you may think about, we nonetheless attempting to make sense of this tragic information and we ask in your love, care and discretion as we put together to put my massive brother to relaxation.”
Within the message, she additionally thanks followers of her brother for his or her love and assist of his profession but in addition requested that “you give us a second to recoup as a household earlier than we replace you all with additional data”.
Throughout his profession, Ntunja performed flank and captained the SA Faculties facet in 2000 whereas he was additionally a part of the Free State Cheetahs facet that gained the Currie Cup in 2005.
He additionally gained reputation as an anchor on SuperSport’s Xhosa commentary workforce.
His commentatory of Makazole Mapimpi’s attempt in the course of the Rugby World Cup remaining win over England gained him worldwide consideration as he had everybody saying: “Ibubbly, shampompo, shampizi! Izinto ezihlwahlwazayo!”.
SA Rugby additionally paid tribute to the well-loved commentator.
Posting on Twitter, they mentioned: “We’re deeply saddened on the lack of one in all our most-beloved rugby sons, Kaunda Ntunja, who handed away on the age of 38 this morning,” mentioned Mark Alexander, the SA Rugby President.
“He was a real rugby pioneer – the primary black African SA Faculties captain, a Currie Cup winner and a ground-breaking SuperSport commentator.
“Kaunda left an indelible mark on the native rugby panorama and we’ll miss seeing his broad smile and listening to his voice at our rugby matches in future – this can be a tragic loss, he left us too quickly. Our ideas are with the Ntunja household and all of his pals and colleagues for this horrible loss – the South African rugby neighborhood is far poorer with out Kaunda Ntunja.”