Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa shot dead

2014-10-26 23:13

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has been shot dead, the SA Football Association (Safa) confirmed.

Safa spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi confirmed the 27-year-old’s death today.

According to unconfirmed reports, Meyiwa was at his girlfriend’s home in Vosloorus, Gauteng, when a man demanded his cellphone and opened fire.

Meyiwa was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

“We have to brake (sic) normal protocol. We can confirm that Bucs keeper Senzo Meyiwa has been shot and sadly declared dead on arrival at hospital,” said the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) official Twitter feed.

“There were 7 people inside the house. Two suspects went into the house, one remained outside. The 3 fled on foot after the shooting,” read another tweet from the SAPS.

“The incident happened at around 20h00, Zamo Section in Vosloorus. Reward of up to R150 000 is on offer 4 any info that can lead to arrest.”

Meyiwa was in action last night when he helped the Buccaneers defeat Ajax Cape Town 4-1 at the Orlando Stadium in their Telkom Knockout quarterfinal.

He had been a star for Bafana in recent months, and in the four Africa Cup of Nations 2015 qualifiers played to date he was yet to concede a goal, and captained the team in the absence of regular ’keeper and skipper, Itumeleng Khune.

Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk tweeted: “OMG more bad news! @BafanaBafana & @Orlando_Pirates Captain Senzo Meyiwa has been shot dead? I am lost for words! RIP Captain.”

Fellow Bafana player Dean Furman tweeted: “Beyond devastated at the loss of our captain & friend Senzo Meyiwa. thoughts & prayers are with his family & friends at this terrible time.”

Former Pirates teammate, Andile Jali, now playing in Belgium for K.V. Oostende, said on Twitter that he spoke to Meyiwa earlier this afternoon.

First Jali tweeted: “People of South Africa please tell me this is not true," before tweeting nine minutes later: “Just got a call and I was sleeping but now I can't sleep because of what I just had [sic].”

Jali ended with: “I can't believe this now after talking to him this afternoon but y yyyyyyy.”

It was the second death of a South African sports star in a matter of days, after former 800 metre Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was killed in a car crash on Friday morning.

Sport minister Fikile Mbalula said the ministry would be in contact with Meyiwa's family before issuing a full statement.

“The Minister of Sports and Recreation, Minister Fikile Mbalula, has with deep sorrow taken note of widely publicised reports of the passing away of Orlando Pirates and South African Goal keeper, Senzo Meyiwa,” the ministry said in a brief statement.

“The Ministry is currently reaching out to his family and his club and will issue a full statement in due course.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.