Francois Smit passed away on Saturday afternoon after refereeing a game at Carletonville High School.
It is believed that Smit, a member of the Golden Lions Rugby Referees Society, suffered a heart attack.
According to Theuns Naude, the manager of referees at the Golden Lions Rugby Union, Smit handled a match at Allen Glen High School in the morning and then drove through to Carletonville to referee a match there in the afternoon.
‘He was a very committed referee who was always available, no matter what the game was, be it under 14s or any other club or schools game. He was always eager to go on the field and was an extremely trustworthy referee who never missed an appointment.
‘It is a great loss for the union and a truly sad day for refereeing. He will be sorely missed.’
Smit lived on the West Rand in Johannesburg and leaves his wife Lynn.