PI joins hunt for killers

2014-10-29 00:00

ACE KZN investigator Shaheen Sulieman has been hired by slain Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa’s family to join the hunt for two men responsible for the murder.

Sulieman and his team are heading to Johannesburg to join a police task team assembled in the wake of Meyiwa’s murder on Sunday in an apparent robbery gone awry.

“I have been to see the family and we are going to be taking the case,” he said yesterday.

“Our team will be leaving for Johannesburg and we will work to try and find the killer. I would prefer not to say too much now until we have actually made some arrests,” he added.

The private investigator’s visit with Meyiwa’s family at their Umlazi home coincided with the release of two composite images of the alleged triggerman and his lookout.

The official police identikit images were compiled based on the testimony of Meyiwa’s girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, who watched as her lover was murdered while scuffling over a cellphone.

One of the men is thought to have stood at the gate of Khumalo’s home in Zamo Section, Vosloorus, while the other aggressively demanded that the couple hand over valuables.

Meyiwa was reportedly shot in the back while trying to protect Khumalo from the revolver-toting robber.

Meyiwa’s cousin, Siyabonga Miya, confirmed that the family had commissioned the private investigations team “to ensure a speedy arrest”.

However, Miya told The Witness the choice “was not any vote of no confidence in the police”, but rather “to assist police”.

He said it also reflected the call by Dr Irvin Khoza that “all South Africans” assist in the hunt.

Meanwhile, his father, Sam Meyiwa, said he had asked police to “bring the killers to Umlazi” to explain to the family why they had attacked his son.

In the days following the international soccer star’s murder, police threw out a massive dragnet as the hunt for the men grows.

A police task team was established and National Commissioner Riah Phiyega announced that a R250 000 reward had been posted for any information that leads to the arrest and successful prosecution of the Vosloorus murderers.

The gunman who fired the fatal shot was described as of slender build with a dark brown and shiny complexion. He had been wearing a brown jacket with a wool collar and a hat. He had gold in his front teeth and had dreadlocks.

The lookout was also described as being of slender build with a medium brown complexion with a hooded jacket covering his dreadlocks.

• jeff.wicks@witness.co.za

Sulieman’s track record

SHAHEEN Sulieman has become a veritable institution in his home province, chalking up significant arrests.

• In September, Sulieman and his team nailed a heist kingpin linked to a spree of armed robberies and a murder in the Eastern Cape. The gang leader had been hiding out in the Kennedy Road informal shack settlement when he was busted.

• A month earlier he thwarted a Mozambican national’s dash for the border after stealing $70 000 (R760 000) from his boss. Sulieman and his tracking team traced the man to Johannesburg, and intercepted him in a minibus as he fled for Beit Bridge.

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