PSL footballers who lost their lives in car accidents

Sinethemba Jantjie of Free State Stars during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Free State Stars and AmaZulu at Goble Park Stadium, Bethlehem on 16 March 2019. 

Sinethemba Jantjie of Free State Stars during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Free State Stars and AmaZulu at Goble Park Stadium, Bethlehem on 16 March 2019. 

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JOHANNESBURG - Fatal car accidents have taken the lives of some of the brightest and promising footballers in South Africa over the years. 

The latest footballer that has died from a car accident is Free State Stars' Sinethemba Jantjie.

Jantjie was killed following a horrific accident in Bethlehem in the early hours of Monday morning. 

eNCA.com takes a look at numerous PSL stars who unfortunately lost their lives behind the wheel.

South African Gift Leremi (R) runs past Kenyan defender Stephen Onyango 28 June 2003 during their return leg of the Olympic qualifier at the Moi International Sport Center in Nairobi.

South African Gift Leremi (R) runs past Kenyan defender Stephen Onyango 28 June 2003 during their return leg of the Olympic qualifier at the Moi International Sport Center in Nairobi.

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  • Gift Leremi

The former Sundowns FC midfielder lost his life in a car accident after losing control of his vehicle in Brackensdowns near Alberton, South East of Johannesburg on 3 September 2007. 

Leremi was on his way home from a CAF Confederation Cup game against Cameroon when the tragic accident happened. He was only 22-years-old. 

 

ABSA Cup, Orlando Pirates v Bush Bucks, Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Johannesburg , South Africa. Lesley Manyathela evades William Mugeyi.

ABSA Cup, Orlando Pirates v Bush Bucks, Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Johannesburg , South Africa. Lesley Manyathela evades William Mugeyi.

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  • Lesley Manyathela

Lesley ‘Slow Poison’ Manyathela tragically died on his way home after his car overturned on the N1 Highway near Musina, in Limpopo following a match against Jomo Cosmos on 9 August 2003.

The Former Orlando Pirates striker bagged 48 goals in 73 appearances for the Buccaneers and sadly died at the age of 22.  

Mondli Cele during the South Africa Training on the 28 December 2014 at UJ Stadium.

Mondli Cele during the South Africa Training on the 28 December 2014 at UJ Stadium.

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  • Mondli Cele 

The former Maritzburg United midfielder died in hospital after he reportedly lost control of his vehicle during heavy rains in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal on 17 January 2016.

Cele was only 27 when he died and the football fraternity was gravely shocked in the wake of the news.

Cecil Lolo of Ajax Cape Town during the 2013 Nedbank Cup game between Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns at Cape Town Stadium.

Cecil Lolo of Ajax Cape Town during the 2013 Nedbank Cup game between Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns at Cape Town Stadium.

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  • Cecil Lolo

The former Ajax Cape Town defender was killed in a fatal head-on collision at Spine Road, near the N2 Highway in Khayelitsha [Cape Town] on 25 October 2015. 

He was 28-years-old and undoubtedly still had a lot to offer South African football. 

Richard Henyekane during the Absa Premiership match between Platinum Stars and Free State Stars at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

Richard Henyekane during the Absa Premiership match between Platinum Stars and Free State Stars at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

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  • Richard Henyekane

The ex-Mamelodi Sundowns,  Free State Stars and Golden Arrows striker battled with alcohol abuse and died when his vehicle apparently smashed into a truck at high speed and burst into flames near Bethlehem, in the Free State province on 7 April, 2015.

He died aged 32 just four months after the burial of his younger brother Joseph Henyekane.

 

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