Death of Kaunda Ntunja leaves South African rugby fans devastated
The news of Kaunda Ntunja’s death came at an expected time, as his sister Tando Ntunja shared the news on social media on Monday.
“It is with deep sadness that I confirm the passing of our beloved brother Kaunda Ntunja, earlier today in East London, Eastern Cape,’’ she wrote.
“As you can imagine, we still trying to make sense of this tragic news and we ask for your love, care, and discretion as we prepare to lay my brother to rest,’’ She added. The cause of death is yet to be revealed.
Ntunja was a former South African School captain, Currie Cup winner with Cheetahs then became one of the biggest rugby commentator South Africa has ever had using his mother tongue IsiXhosa.
The Springboks paid tribute to Ntunja on their Twitter page. “We are deeply saddened at the loss of one of our most- beloved rugby sons, Kaunda Ntunja, who has passed away at the age of 38 this morning. He was a true rugby pioneer- the first black African SA Schools captain, a Currie Cup winner, and a ground-breaking SuperSport commentator,”
SuperSport wrote on social media that “SuperSport sadly mourns the passing away of leading rugby commentator and presenter Kaunda Ntunja. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Lala Ngoxolo, Zizi,’’ they posted.
The #RIPKaundaNtunja was where fans expressed their sadness and condolences to the family and friends of Ntunja while some shared videos of his work.
@Mr_DK_Tshayela wrote “Ooh ulale ngoxolo Zizi, umntu ka Dabane noHlathi noMyirha, umntu wesitywabatywaba, umfo obiza wonke umntu ngesiduko sakhe. Uyawuhlala uliqhawe kumzi oNtsundu kwaye sizingca ngawe.’’
Ntunja’s commentatory of Makazole Mapimpi’s try during the Rugby World Cup final win over England made him get the worldwide recognition, his saying “Liqhashu! Yibubbly, shampopo, shampizi! Izinto ezihlwahlwazayo!’’ will forever be remembered.