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Luke Fleurs: South Africa mourns Kaizer Chiefs player’s death

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The Cape Town-born centre-back for the Kaizer Chiefs, Luke Fleurs, has tragically lost his life in an alleged hijacking in Johannesburg.

 

Gauteng police spokesperson, Mavela Masondo, says the incident occurred in the Honeydew area on Wednesday evening. Fleurs was at a petrol station, waiting for assistance, at the time of the incident.

 

“While waiting to be served by the petrol attendant, he was confronted by two armed males who came driving a white BMW 1 Series. The suspects pointed him with a firearm and took him out of his vehicle, then shot him once on the upper body. One suspect drove off with the victim’s car followed by his accomplice.”

 

Fleurs died on arrival at a nearby hospital.

 

Police are investigating a case of murder and carjacking – the suspects are still at large.

 

Fleurs’ legacy

 

The Western Cape MEC for Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, ha passed on her condolences to Fleurs’ loved ones.

 

As a 13-year-old boy, he had begun his football career, going onto achieve great success. He was even included to play for the Bafana Bafana squad, Marais says.

 

“Luke Fleurs was a son of Mitchells Plain and Fish Hoek who excelled in sport from an early age. Mostly playing at centre back on the soccer field, signing for Ubuntu Cape Town’s Academy at the age of 13, and playing his first match in the First Division at the tender age of 17.”

 

In 2018, he signed to Super Sport United – and joined the Kaizer Chiefs in the 2023.

 

The Kaizer Chiefs have also expressed their sadness at the player’s sudden death.

 

 

Caitlin Maledo
Caitlin Maledo
Caitlin is an enthusiastic journalist, that has been exploring her interest in broadcast media since 2019. With a natural curiosity for the world around her, you'll always find her poking around hidden gems throughout Cape Town and surrounds.

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