‘Meyiwa’s death should unite us against crime’

2014-10-27 22:20

The killing of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa should unite South Africans against crime, says the National Freedom Party.

“It demands that we all come together and form a united front,” said party leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi today.

Gauteng community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane urged people to come forward with information regarding his killers.

She said police could not win the battle against crime alone, and needed the help of residents.

Gauteng detective unit head Major-General Norman Taioe told reporters in Johannesburg that Meyiwa was shot in his upper body in the Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, home of his girlfriend, singer and actress Kelly Khumalo, last night.

“We do not have evidence which suggests that this was a contract killing or a hit on Mr Meyiwa,” he said.

“There was no gun aimed specifically at him.”

Two men entered Khumalo’s home as the 27-year-old national team and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and captain, and his friends, were leaving. One of the attackers was waiting outside.

“Senzo and his friends were leaving when the two entered the house. One of the attackers bumped into the first friend and a scuffle ensued,” said Taioe.

One shot was fired inside the house, and two more were fired randomly outside. The three fled the scene with a stolen cellphone.

Premier Soccer League CEO Brand de Villiers said the Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, scheduled for Saturday, would be postponed out of respect to Meyiwa.

Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza was set to fly to Umlazi today to meet the Meyiwa family.

“The family will direct us on how to move forward with the funeral arrangements. The funeral is most likely going to be at the weekend,” said Khoza.

President Jacob Zuma said words could not explain the nation’s shock.

“We mourn the death of this young footballer and team leader whose life has been taken away at the prime of his career,” he said.

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers said Meyiwa’s death was tragic and unnecessary. Proteas Test captain Hashim Amla and One Day International captain AB de Villiers paid tribute to Meyiwa.

The African National Congress, Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, Inkatha Freedom Party, Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, NFP Youth Movement, and United Democratic Movement offered their condolences, and praise for Meyiwa’s prowess.

SA Football Association CEO Dennis Mumble said the association would ensure Meyiwa got “a dignified burial that he deserves”.

KwaZulu-Natal sports MEC Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha said her province was proud of having produced such a gifted athlete. Gauteng sports MEC Molebatsi Bopape said the country had lost a patriot.

SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee president Gideon Sam said: “There are no words to describe our shock and anger. A captain of a national team is respected and adored wherever he goes, but in our country he is hunted down.”

Lobby group AfriForum condemned the murder. The Afrikanerbond said it was senseless.

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