Tears, confusion as Senzo Meyiwa lowered into grave

2014-11-01 17:04

Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa’s coffin was lowered into a grave at the Heroes Acre cemetery in Chesterville, KwaZulu-Natal, this afternoon.

As the coffin descended, a police bugler performed a rendition of The Last Post.

Meyiwa’s wife wept, and appeared to be speaking to the slain Orlando Pirates goalkeeper as she threw a flower into the grave.

Meyiwa’s father Samuel looked lost and forlorn, and seemed to be confused after being handed the South African flag that was draped over Meyiwa’s coffin.

A heavy rain then began to fall.

As relatives approached the grave, they too began to weep.

Kaizer Chiefs players, led by goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, placed flowers in the grave.

Mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan and Deputy Agriculture Minister Bheki Cele also paid their respects.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula stood at the grave with a bowed head.

Meyiwa’s grave was next to anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa, who was buried at the cemetery in September, 49 years after he was buried in New York.

Meyiwa’s former team-mate Andile Jali greeted Orlando Pirates chairperson Irvin Khoza and Jordaan before going to speak to Meyiwa’s parents.

A funeral service, attended by thousands of fans was held earlier at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Meyiwa was shot and killed on Sunday evening in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, while visiting his girlfriend, actress and singer Kelly Khumalo.

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