Sandile Nkululeko Mkhize better known as DJ Citi Lyts was a South African DJ, rapper, and producer who sadly lost his life in February 2022.
Known for hits such Washa, Vura, and Freeze, DJ Citi Lyts sudden death was a tremendous loss to the music industry and he was mourned by his colleagues in the industry.
Here is a look back at all the details of the events that led to DJ Citi Lyts’ death, the report of the police investigations, and a look back at his funeral. May he continue to rest in peace.
DJ Citi Lyts died at around 12.30 am on the morning of February 14 2022 in Dube, Soweto after he was fatally shot by a group of men who were armed with firearms. He was 34 years old at the time of his death.
According to sources, DJ Citi Lyts was out with friends when he was ambushed by a group of four men who opened fire on him. Three of the four were reportedly armed with rifles, and two of them fired at Citi Lyts. It is estimated that he was shot at least eight times.
A friend who opted not to be named as the matter was still being investigated by the police, said the men pointed guns at all of them and one of the suspects tried to talk his three friends out of it. The four men were allegedly driving a silver VW polo and opened fire when they were pursued by another vehicle.
“When they pointed the gun at Citi Lyts one of the friends tried calming the situation, saying ‘guys let’s not do this, what’s going on?’ Then shots were fired at Citi, in the stomach. When he fell everyone else ran away. As they were running, shots were being fired.” The witness said.
Following his death, his colleagues in the music industry including Cassper Nyovest, Emtee, Sjava and the late Riky Rick, took to Twitter to condole with his family and paid their tributes to the slain musician.
His death hit hard, especially at his family, as in 2018, the family had lost Citi Lyts’ older brother Pro Kid who passed on after suffering a seizure. Pro Kid was a big Hip Hop star.
Following DJ Citi Lyts’ death, police immediately announced that they had begun investigations into his murder and that they had also launched a manhunt for his killers.
Reports about this investigation are currently unavailable, and it’s not clear if anyone was arrested in connection with Citi Lyts’ death.
DJ Citi Lyts’ funeral service was held on the 17th of February 2022 at the Pace Community College, Jabulani, in Soweto.
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