- Yet another once-promising young South African has had their life ended by rampant crime
- Former Chippa United reserve team goalkeeper Chesley Jaftha was shot and killed in Gqeberha on Friday
- The 23-year-old rose to prominence playing for the Chilli Boys in the DStv Diski Challenge
Another South African with his life ahead of him is no more.
Former Chippa United reserve team goalkeeper Chesley Jaftha was shot dead in Gqeberha on Friday in what is believed to have been a hit.
According to the Daily Sun, he was murdered in broad daylight after he had gone to repair his car's tyre. While he was waiting inside the car, an assailant got out of a Chevrolet, and approached Jaftha's before opening fire at him from close range.
He was rushed to a hospital nearby, where he later succumbed to his wounds.
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United said in a statement on its Twitter account:
"Everyone at the club is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our former MultiChoice Diski Challenge and feeder team goalkeeper Chesley Jaftha, at the tender age of 23."
No arrests have yet been made in connection with the murder of Jaftha.
Sailing community left in shock after the murder of promising yachtsman Khanya Mafuta
The sailing community of South Africa is in shock, disbelief and mourning.
Promising yachtsman Khanya Mafuta was stabbed to death in the informal settlement of Marikana in KwaNonqaba in Mossel Bay, Western Cape.
SA Sailing chief Michael Robinson said:
“We are all absolutely devastated by the news of Khanya’s tragic death. He was a truly wonderful young man who worked hard and was forging a promising sailing career that could have changed his life.”
The federation's transformation officer Lindani Mchunu said:
"Violence was a daily reality for “so many young people in SA who are simply trying to follow the right path and improve their lives and those of their families. So many of SA Sailing’s development programmes are aimed at at-risk youth to provide a way out for them by introducing them to sailing — not just as a sport or pastime, but also a possible profession in the maritime industry. Khanya’s tragic, untimely death shows just how great that risk is.”