'A man worth celebrating': Friends, family and colleagues remember Kaunda Ntunja

Kaunda Ntunja (SuperSport)
Kaunda Ntunja (SuperSport)
  • Kaunda Ntunja was honoured by friends, family and colleagues on Thursday in a memorial service.
  • The former SA Schools captain, Cheetahs player and SuperSport commentator passed away last week.
  • Sinethemba Zweni, Robert Marawa and Springboks Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am all paid tribute to Ntunja.

Friends, family and colleagues of the late Kaunda Ntunja celebrated his life on Thursday night in a memorial service broadcast on social media.

Ntunja, a former SA Schools captain, Cheetahs player and SuperSport commentator passed away on Monday, 19 July. 

Well known sports pundit Robert Marawa called Ntunja "Mr Rugby". He would often appear on Marawa's weekly radio show, Room Dividers along with Thando Manana and Lawrence Sephaka. 

"One thing I will always respect about Kaunda was his ability to always ask, his ability to double check that what he was doing was right, especially for black rugby," said Marawa of Ntunja input to the show.

"He was Mr Rugby personified. He transformed Xhosa commentary and made it something you wanted to listen to. He was an entertainer. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He poured his heart into his rugby commentary. It was different, it was unique and he loved his country. I am honoured to have known him," added Marawa.

Speaking of Ntunja the rugby player, Sinethemba Zweni waxed lyrical about his ability to break tackles as well as his offloading skills.

"Kaunda was a visionary, a visionary who I was grateful to watch. I was part of his life and when he was done with rugby, I knew there was another chapter for him and I knew something great was about to happen," said Zweni of Ntunja's entry in the world of commentary. 

Springbok World Cup winners Lukhanyo Am and Makazole Mpimpi also paid tribute to Ntunja in a recorded message played at the memorial.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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