Tributes pour in for famous rugby commentator Kaunda Ntunja

Tributes have come from far and wide after the news that leading commentator Kaunda Ntunja had passed away on Monday.

Shock reverberated around the country at the news of the passing of SuperSport IsiXhosa commentary king Kaunda Ntunja. News of the former South African rugby player’s untimely death, at the age of 38, was confirmed on Monday by his sister Tando Ntunja in a statement on social media:

“It is with deep sadness I confirm the passing of our beloved brother Kaunda Ntunja, earlier today in East London, Eastern Cape. As you can imagine, we are 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.”

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Tendai Mtawarira: ‘I am deeply saddened by the passing of such an amazing character whose powerful voice will forever be remembered in rugby commentary 🙏🏽😢😢. R.I.P Kaunda 💔💔💔’
Breyton Paulse: ‘So sad that our brother and colleague has left us far too soon, but what an impact you have made in this world,I salute you for that, we will miss you, my condolences to the Ntunja Family and Friends, rus sag ou Grote #RIPKaunda’

BJ Botha: ‘So saddened to hear this tragic news this morning, rest easy Kaunda🙏’

Kobus Wiese: ‘Very sad and tragic news, the passing of Kaunda Ntunja. Had the privilege to call him my colleague, but more important my friend🙏 Mooi loop, Kaunda🙏’

Joel Stransky: ‘Absolutely gutted to hear the tragic news of the passing of our friend and colleague #KaundaNtunja A true gentleman and lover of our beautiful game! Larger than life in all ways! RIP Kaunda!! @SuperSportTV @SARugbyLegends @Springboks‘

Ethienne Reynecke: ‘#RIPKaundaNtunja I will miss you brother. Easily the most educated rugby commentator and reporter in SA. This is a massive loss to South Africa. I am thinking of his family.’

SA Rugby Legends: ‘We are so saddened to hear this news. Our condolences to Kaunda’s family and friends. He will be sorely missed. #RIP’

Springbok Supporters: ‘So very sad to hear the passing of one of the great voices of rugby in South Africa. 😢 RIP @kaundantunja. You were a real gem and your unique Xhosa commentary stirred the emotions. Kaunda Ntunja! Madoda!’

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The Sharks: ‘The Sharks are saddened to hear about the passing of Kaunda Ntunja. Thank you for the great memories you gave us on commentary. Our sincere condolences is extended to your family during this difficult time.’

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