Sailing Community Left in Shock After the Murder of Promising Yachtsman Khanya Mafuta

Sailing Community Left in Shock After the Murder of Promising Yachtsman Khanya Mafuta

  • South Africa's sailing community has been left in shock and mourning over the senseless death of one of its own
  • Young yachtsman Khanya Mafuta was stabbed to death at the Marikana informal settlement in the Western Cape
  • The promising 18-year-old had only recently returned from participating at the Youth Sailing World Championships

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.

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Khanya Mafuta is no more after he was murdered in the Western Cape. Image source: News24 and TimesLIVE.
Source: UGC

According to TimesLIVE, 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.”

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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.”

World Sailing's international development head, Koray Ezer said:

"We are all shocked at the death of Khanya ... and express our sincere condolences to Khanya’s family, friends and teammates. “To have such a fun-loving and talented young man taken away in these circumstances is an absolute tragedy."

No arrests have yet been made in connection with Mafuta's murder.

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La Masia player Ayanda Rorwana is recovering after suffering wounds in a stabbing attack last month.

Rorwana came into prominence after debuting for Kaizer Chiefs at DStv Diski Challenge. The incident reportedly happened outside a venue where he and his friends were staying.

Rorwana was reportedly rushed to the Bheki Mlangeni Hospital in Jabulani to receive much-needed medical attention. His attacker was apparently taken to the same hospital.

Source: Sports Brief News