At the time of his passing, the 43-year-old was head coach of ABC Motsepe League side Umvoti FC in KwaZulu Natal.
He was set to lead Umvoti FC in the national play-offs following an impressive season which saw his side lose just once in the 2017/18 season.
Goal shares our condolences to the Phakathi family, his friends and Umvoti FC.
Lamontville Golden Arrows are deeply saddened by the news of Bheka Phakathi's passing in a fatal vehicle accident this morning. Our thoughts and prayers lie with his family in this tragic time. pic.twitter.com/uHOFtp99eR— Golden Arrows FC (@goldenarrowsfc1) April 29, 2018
RIP: It’s with great sadness that we report that former Arrows, Pirates and Maritzburg midfielder Bheka Phakathi (43) has passed on after being involved in a car accident. He was coach of Umvoti, who are the KZN ABC Motsepe League champs. #FARPost pic.twitter.com/AW8Gf3vcGR— FARPost (@FarPostSA) April 29, 2018
PSL (@OfficialPSL) April 29, 2018
Heart felt condolences to the family and friends of Bheka Phakathi and Akhumzi Jezile who both tragically lost their lives,you are in our prayers— Mark Mayambela (@ProfMayambela12) April 29, 2018
Another accident has taken a former Orlando Pirates player Bheka Phakathi now Im really scared to go back to Joburg— PABLO (@Wonderb32) April 29, 2018
A former Bafana Bafana player has been killed in a car crash on the R33 in Greytown in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands. 48-year-old Bheka Phakathi was with two other occupants who were seriously injured. #sabcnews— SABC News Online (@SABCNewsOnline) April 29, 2018
What a devastating day in South Africa. Innocent lives lost on the country's roads. Akhumzi Jezile, Siyasanga Kobese, Thobani Mseleni and Bheka Phakathi all died in car accidents. Condolences to families, friends and fans. #RIPAkhumzi #RIPSiyasanga #RIPThobani #RIPBhekaPhakathi— Dineo (@Dineo_Iam) April 29, 2018
RIP.@BhekaPhaKathi. ...thanks for the memories on the green grass. A great servant of the beautiful game.— coudjoe amankwaa (@coudjoeamankwaa) April 29, 2018
uThongathi FC would like to send deepest condolences to the family of Bheka Phakathi and also to uMvoti FC.— Uthongathi FC (@UthongathiFC) April 29, 2018
May his Soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/Z3G5DGWzsq
It is devastating to hear about the passing of former football player Bheka Phakathi. Condolences to his family, friends & former teams. Sad indeed. #RipBhekaPhakathi— Vina (@alfavina) April 29, 2018
Really saddened by the passing of Bheka Phakathi, he played and was still playing a pivotal role in township youth development #RIPBhekaPhakathi— Andile Dludla™ (@AM_Dludla) April 29, 2018