Jaguars rugby club has paid tribute to its former player, the late Lindani Myeni who was allegedly shot dead by Honolulu police in Hawaii on Wednesday night.

Honolulu Police Department said the 29-year-old father of two from Esikhawini in Richards Bay, KZN allegedly followed a woman, walked into her home, removed his shoes, and started talking to the woman’s family, and behaved in an erratic way.

KZN JAGUARS PAY TRIBUTE TO MYENI

In an interview with the SABC, Jaguars vice-chairperson Onwhinne Hindley said that the news of Myeni’s passing came as a big shock to them.  

“It has been an emotional time for the club, the rugby fraternity in Durban and members of the KZN rugby union. Lindelani was a very well-known and well respected rugby player here in KwaZulu-Natal. He was a very quiet person who never got into any trouble as far as we know.”

Hindley described Myeni, who was a flank in the Jaguars as a gentle giant and a quiet person. The vice-chairperson also said that the team will be heading to Esikhawini to convey its condolences to Myeni’s family and friends.

“The Jaguars club is currently planning a huge memorial for him and three other former players who have passed on. It is heart breaking for us to keep losing our players, especially in this way,” Hindley said.

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Hindley said it is heart breaking for the club to keep losing their players, especially in this way.

“We are shocked about what’s happening in America, the cops are happy killing people! It’s just shocking to us.”

The Economic Freedom Fighters also expressed its concerns about how American police are allegedly shooting to death innocent civilians. In a statement released on Saturday, 17 April 2021, the party labelled Myeni’s passing as racist and senseless.

“The EFF is disgusted at the openly racist manner in which the United States is treating fellow Africans in that country. Lindani is at least the second case of police harassment of innocent black men in the past week alone. He had no criminal record and was a devoted Christian man.”

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Presh JM Reporter

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