The South African Football Association (SAFA) is mourning the death of a football administrator who was within its structures.
As confirmed by SAFA, Jabulani Nxumalo who was Umkhanyakude Region President in KwaZulu-Natal was killed on Thursday evening.
“The South African Football Association (SAFA) has learnt with shock and horror of the assassination of Umkhanyakude Region President, Jabulani Nxumalo on Thursday evening, 17 September 2020,” SAFA confirmed in a statement on their official website.
“According to KZN SAFA Provincial Chairman, Kwenzakwakhe Ngwenya, two assailants arrived at Nxumalo’s homestead and after exchanging a few words, shot Nxumalo several times before disappearing into the nearby bush on foot,” reads the statement.
Meanwhile, Ngwenya said, speaking on SAFA’s website, “From what I have gathered so far, this cold-blooded assassination looked like it was a well-planned hit. This is unacceptable and barbaric behaviour. Shedding innocent blood like this is the last thing society must tolerate. People must value human life and personally, I am gutted and shocked. Nxumalo didn’t deserve to die like this. Nxumalo was a loyal servant of the game and was an ardent supporter of the current leadership. Let me make it clear that these killers and their sponsors will not cow us into submission.”
SAFA President, Danny Jordaan, said Nxumalo’s murder and the threats against the SAFA leadership will be among the topics on the agenda during the SAFA NEC meeting this Saturday at SAFA House.
“A lot of our members have been receiving all sorts of threats and we are going to report this to the police commissioner to look into these incidents. Nxumalo’s killing and the various threats on our members are not isolated incidents but well-orchestrated and this must stop. These latest threats started to grow in March and some disgruntled individuals even solicited the support of one political party to push a hate agenda against the elected leadership. The SAFA NEC will come up with a united position after Saturday’s meeting on this disturbing trend,” said Jordaan, as quoted on SAFA’s website.
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