Senzo’s father speaks out

2015-04-19 15:00

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Samuel Meyiwa is a man desperate for the truth.

Six months after the murder of his son, former Bafana goalkeeper Senzo, he has lashed out at the police officers who are investigating the case, and at Senzo’s best friend, Tumelo Madlala.

“Today’s police are useless and lazy. Every time, when I ask them how far they are with the investigations, I’m told they are still busy with investigations. This is unacceptable,” he fumed.

“I’m going to do things my way.”

When asked what he would do, Meyiwa said: “Watch and see.”

The person Meyiwa believes holds the answers is Madlala, who was one of seven people with Senzo at Kelly Khumalo’s mother’s house in Vosloorus the night he was killed.

“He won’t bring my son back. All I want from him is to tell me the whole truth so that I can find closure,” he said.

Meyiwa told City Press his family feels betrayed by Madlala, and is adamant that he is withholding key information from them about what exactly happened that night.

“Tumelo was Senzo’s best friend and he was also like a son to us. He was supposed to be the first person who phoned us. But now he’s hiding from us.”

Contacted on Friday, Madlala denied all of Meyiwa’s accusations, but refused to comment further. He also insisted that he had already told the family the truth.

“I did tell Senzo’s mother what exactly happened that night. Unfortunately, police have advised us not to talk with the media, because it will interfere with the investigations” he said, then ended the call.

Those investigations, however, are not progressing well.

City Press broke the news in November that police investigating Senzo’s murder were also investigating the people who were with him the evening he died, and doubted witnesses’ claims about an armed robbery. Three detectives directly involved in or close to the investigation said they believed that one of the people who was socialising with Meyiwa was likely his killer. A licensed firearm belonging to one of the witnesses had been sent for forensic investigation.

“I can assure you that a witness who was there during the shooting will soon be taken in for questioning and possibly arrested thereafter,” said one detective.

Then last month, Drum Magazine reported that Meyiwa’s father and his mother, Ntombifuthi, knew exactly who had shot and killed their son.

“If I were to give you the name of the killer, I would be arrested,” she told the magazine.

The Meyiwas said their son was killed by accident in a scuffle and claimed a witness told the police this.

This week, Meyiwa denied that Madlala had told him or his wife what really happened, and begged him to tell them the truth.

“He didn’t even attend my son’s funeral. The last time I saw him was before Senzo was killed. We understand that he’s not the one who shot him, but why is he running away from us?” he asked.

In the days after the attack, police were told that Meyiwa was shot by one of two armed robbers who had gained access to the house. At the time, Meyiwa was in the company of Khumalo, her sister Zandile, mother Ntombi, Zandile’s boyfriend Longwe Twala, and Meyiwa’s two friends from Durban, Madlala and Mthokozisi Twala.

The alleged killer has still not been arrested.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale said the investigations were still continuing.

“At the moment, we have nothing to share with the media,” he said.

But Meyiwa’s father is battling to come to terms with his son’s death.

“To this day I’m still struggling to sleep at night. Senzo’s mother cries every time Senzo’s name is mentioned.

“It’s going to take us some time to forgive and forget. We are really not coping at all as a family. Our lives will never be the same again without Senzo,” he said, on the brink of tears.

After a deep breath, he added: “We all depended on Senzo emotionally and physically. We didn’t only lose a son, but a breadwinner.”

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