Mamelodi Sundowns defender, Motjeka Madisha, has died in a car accident aged 25.
Ekurhuleni Disaster Management, which was the first to respond to the accident, confirmed that Madisha met his death in Kempton Park just after 12 midnight.
Though details are still sketchy, pictures from the accident scene showed a vehicle damaged beyond recognition and fire debris material.
Ekurhuleni Emergency Services spokesperson, William Ntladi, explains: “The exact cause of the accident is still unknown, but we can confirm that the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a stationary object and the vehicle caught alight. We had heavy rains yesterday and we believe that the driver might have lost control because of that.
“One of the deceased was actually a Mamelodi Sundowns player, but we couldn't distinguish between the two. The other one was thrown out,” Ntladi said, who confirmed that both the occupants of the car have died.
The South African Football Players Union said it was “heartbroken’ by the death.
“The @Masandawana defender passed away in a car accident in Johannesburg, in the early hours of this morning. Our condolences to his family, friends and football fraternity,” said the football union in a tweet
This is the second Mamelodi Sundowns player to die in a car crash in weeks. The team’s right-back, Anele Ngcongca, was laid to rest in Gugulethu outside Cape Town on Friday after he also died in a car accident in KwaZulu-Natal last month.