South Africa mourns Free State Stars striker Sinethemba Jantjie, the 7th footballer to die in car accident


SINETHEMBA JANTJIE was a late bloomer but at last his career was taking off. The 30-year-old was looking forward to a move to Bidvest Wits in June. But now there are only tears for the fallen star.

Ratshibvumo Mulovhedzi of Rush Hour Sports Management said they worked hard to secure Jantjie’s move to Bidvest Wits, which he would have joined in June. It is understood that his move to Bidvest Wits was worth almost R5 million.

But the talented 30-year-old Free State Stars forward and an unknown women died in a car accident in Muller Street, Bethlehem in the Free State in the early hours of yesterday morning.


Jantjie joins the likes of Richard Henyekane, Cecil Lolo, Gift Leremi, Mlondi Dlamini, Lesley Manyathela and Mondli Cele, who also died in car accidents.

Bethlehem police spokeswoman Constable Puleng Lebakeng confirmed that a case of culpable homicide has been opened. The accident has left tongues wagging. Daily Sun understands that Jantjie was allegedly on his way to a garage where he was going to buy food. He was allegedly speeding and smashed into the back of a moving truck on its way to QwaQwa. The two occupants died on the spot, according to Lebakeng.

“The witness, a truck driver, said he heard a noise coming from behind and when he went to look, he found the wrecked car with two occupants in it. He immediately called the police,” said Lebakeng. Mulovhedzi said he last spoke ‘Jantjie was a talented player’ to Jantjie on Sunday.

The player leaves behind two children in the his home town of Whittlesea in the Eastern Cape and Mulovhedzi has promised to take care of them.

Rantsi Mokoena, general manager of the club known as Ea Lla Koto, has asked the public to give them space and be considerate when communicating on social media.

“It is heartbreaking,” Mokoena said. Wits coach Gavin Hunt was deeply saddened by the death of the winger. “Another South African player killed on the road,” said Hunt. “I am sad for his family and those close to him. He was a talented player with the potential to go far.”

The PSL will observe a moment of silence for the player at their matches until Sunday.

– Daily Sun

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