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SA Referee Gunned Down In Khayelitsha

South African referee and police officer Akhona Ndzingo sadly lost his life on Wednesday after being involved in a shooting incident in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

Ndzingo, who also worked as a police officer, is reported to have been shot dead last night in Khayelitsha, Site B. The PSL referee was on duty as a police officer when a suspect shot him.

A close person to the incident mentioned that he was rushed to Khayelitsha hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

Akhona was one of the youngest PSL referees, making his debut aged 26. In 2016 he was named SAFA Cape Town Referee of the Year at the age of just 22.

This publication spoke with Thulani Njili, who is the Lingelethu Local Football Association president, where Ndzingo was affiliated and he expressed that the referee’s passing is a huge loss – not only for the Lingelethu people but for the entire South Africa.

“We are saddened by the death of Akho, it’s not only us Lingelethu LFA that has lost even the entire South Africa,” Njili told iDiski Times.

“He was still young, there are U10 referees that he was grooming, you can imagine [our shock].

“Not to say they will be lost, we will do all we can to continue where he left. This is a huge loss for the entire region.”

We, at iDiski Times, would like to express our condolences to Akho Ndzingo’s friends and family, the Lihgelethu LFA and SA football fraternity as a whole.

Sinethemba Makonco
Sinethemba Makonco
Sinethemba Makonco is one of South Africa's brightest up-and-coming football journalists. Makonco shot to prominence on social media as a reliable source for South African football news and transfer stories, and is currently working as a junior journalist at iDiski Times.