- Kaunda Ntunja, a beloved and passionate Xhosa rugby commentator, has passed away
- His family released a statement informing South Africa of the passing the globally-recognised commentator
- Fans have posted their condolences online and shared messages of how much the great man meant to them
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Kaunda Ntunja, a respected and experienced rugby commentator, has passed away. His family posted a statement on social media, sharing the sad news with the country.
He supplied Xhoza commentary for rugby matches and had an international following for his efforts.
"It is with deep sadness I confirm the passing of our beloved brother Kaunda Ntunja, earlier today in East London, Eastern Cape," Tando Ntunja 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 big brother to rest."
Briefly.co.za learned that Ntunja was a passionate rugby fan and played flank, he captained the South African Schools side in 2000 and earned caps for the Free State Cheetahs side that won the Currie Cup in 2005.
No further details have been supplied by the family in regards to Kaunda.
"Kaunda left an indelible mark on the local rugby landscape and we will miss seeing his broad smile and hearing his voice at our rugby matches in future – this is a tragic loss, he left us too soon," said SA Rugby president Mark Alexander.
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Social media users paid their respects to the energetic and passionate rugby icon:
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Briefly.co.za had earlier reported that Siya Kolisi had reacted to the news that Zindzi Mandela passed away by sharing a powerful video of her on Instagram, paying tribute to the daughter of Nelson Mandela.
Briefly.co.za has learned that Kolisi has become increasingly involved in South Africa's political scene by helping those in need and sharing news of powerful people doing amazing things.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that there is some bad news for South African Super Rugby fans on the horizon.
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced plans on Friday to cut the South African Springboks and Argentina's Jaguares from Super Rugby next year.
The proposed new Super Rugby tournament will consist of five New Zealand teams, one Pacific Island team and two to four Australian sides.
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