PMB soccer player Dladla killed by reversing car

2008-02-12 00:00

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of former Lamontville Golden Arrows and SA Under 23 national team player Vumile Dladla outside 2010 Sports Café in Langalibalele Street on Saturday night.

Inspector Joey Jeevan confirmed that a docket of culpable homicide has been opened.

According to the police, a man was reversing out of the parking lot outside the café when he realised he had driven over something. Upon investigation, the man discovered he had driven over a man, who was later identified as Dladla.

Dladla’s brother, Thula, who was with him a few minutes before the incident, said that after he was told that his brother had been hit by a car, they took him to St Anne’s hospital in the vehicle that had hit him, where he was certified dead.

His mother, Nokuphiwa Dladla, said her son was respectful and a good child. She said that when he was playing for Arrows he used to spoil her with groceries and money for her and his seven siblings.

Nokuphiwa, who is wheelchair-bound after a stroke in 1999, said that after Dladla left Arrows, he moved to Maritzburg United, but at the time of his death he was not playing for any team.

Dumisani Zaca, president of Safa Msunduzi, the local wing of the SA Football Association, said it is a tragic loss to lose such a talented young player with such a bright future.

Zaca said only a handful of players from PMB have played in the country’s elite league.

“As administrators we have a challenge. Although he had been without a team for a while we had hoped that he would return back to the soccer field and display his talents,” said Zaca.

Dladla will be buried in kwaMpande on Saturday.

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