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Cape Town-born Kaizer Chiefs star killed in hijacking

- NICOLA DANIELS nicola.daniels@inl.co.za

TRIBUTES have poured in for slain Cape Town-born soccer star Luke Fleurs, who was shot and killed in a car hijacking incident in Johannesbu­rg on Wednesday.

While arrests were yet to be made, Gauteng provincial police commission­er Lieutenant-General Tommy Mthombeni said a team of seasoned detectives from the provincial office had been appointed to investigat­e and search for the suspects.

Fleurs, 24, was shot and killed in Honeydew at about 8.30pm.

Police spokespers­on Mavela Masondo said: “It is reported that the victim who was driving a red VW Golf 8 GTI drove into the petrol station on 14th Avenue, corner of Hendrik Potgieter. 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 a firearm at him and took him out of his vehicle, then shot him once in the upper body. One suspect drove off with the victim's car, followed by his accomplice.

“The victim was taken to the nearest medical care centre where he was certified dead on arrival.”

Cultural Affairs and Sport MEC Anroux Marais said Fleurs was a son of Mitchells Plain and Fish Hoek who excelled in sport from an early age.

“He mostly played 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.

“He signed up for Super Sport United in 2018, moving to Kaizer Chiefs last year. Luke played for the South African under-20 team and was included in the Bafana Bafana squad, although he had not played a game for the national team yet.

“Our heartfelt condolence­s and prayers go to Luke Fleurs' family, friends and loved ones. He died too soon – a tragic victim of crime in South Africa. His legacy will not be forgotten,” Marais said.

Kaizer Chiefs said they were saddened by the loss.

“It is with a great deal of sadness that we announce that Kaizer Chiefs player Luke Fleurs tragically lost his life last night during a hijacking incident in Johannesbu­rg.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time. The SAPS are handling the matter and further details will be communicat­ed in due course,” the club said in a statement.

The South African Football Associatio­n (Safa) president, Danny Jordaan, said Fleur's death was a huge loss for the football industry.

“We woke up to the heartbreak­ing and devastatin­g news of the passing of this young life. This is such a huge loss for his family, friends, his teammates and football in general. We are all grieving this young man's passing,” he said.

SuperSport United CEO Stanley Matthews said they were heartbroke­n at the news.

”Everyone at SuperSport United is heartbroke­n by the tragic passing of our former player, Luke Fleurs. Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents and family and also with Luke's friends at Ubuntu FC where he spent his formative years. He was a wonderfull­y talented footballer and a very sad and painfully premature loss to the PSL football family," he said.

Orlando Pirates also extended its sympathy to the Fleurs family.

 ?? ?? KAIZER Chiefs, SuperSport United and a host of others have taken to social media to share tributes for Luke Fleurs, a soccer player killed in a botched hijacking in Honeydew on Wednesday.
KAIZER Chiefs, SuperSport United and a host of others have taken to social media to share tributes for Luke Fleurs, a soccer player killed in a botched hijacking in Honeydew on Wednesday.

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