Beloved South African rugby commentator Kaunda Ntunja dies

Kaunda Ntunja passed away aged 38.
Kaunda Ntunja passed away aged 38.
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The family of much loved South African rugby commentator Kaunda Ntunja has confirmed that he has died at the age of 38.

Ntunja was widely regarded as one of the best television commentators in South Africa because of his innovative and energetic style of delivering matches on SuperSport together with the likes of Kaya Malotana and Lonwabo Mtimka.

“It is with deep sadness I confirm the passing of our beloved brother Kaunda Ntunja‚ earlier today in East London‚ Eastern Cape‚” said his sister Tando Ntunja when confirming the news on social media on Monday.

“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.

"We understand uDlamini of the famous SuperSport Rugby Xhosa Commentary duo of Zizi and Dabane has a massive‚ global following and we love you all for following and supporting my brother’s pioneering efforts.

"So we ask you to give us a moment to recoup as a family before we update you all with further information‚” she added.

Ntunja played as a flanker and one of his career highlights includes captaining the SA Schools side in 2000.

He was part of the Free State Cheetahs side that won the Currie Cup in 2005.