Police pull out all the stops to catch Senzo Meyiwa's killers

By Drum Digital
27 October 2014

The SA Police Service is pulling out all the stops to bring the robbers who killed Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa to book.

The SA Police Service is pulling out all the stops to bring the robbers who killed Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa to book, and has roped in highly trained police officers to do the job.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega set up the task team on Monday in the wake of soccer star’s violent death in Vosloorus township. The SAPS has also offered a reward of R250 000 to any members of the public who could give the police information about the three men who fled on foot after shooting Meyiwa.

Headed by Gauteng Deputy Police Commissioner in charge of detective service, Major-General Tebello Mosikili, the team will conduct its 24-hour operations from a “war room” in the provincial headquarters. Some of its members will come from the ranks of the national detectives, forensics, the Hawks, crime intelligence and tracing experts from Gauteng,

“We analyse the modus operandi of similar cases that happened in that area and elsewhere. We want to check if we can’t get the same people who are being picked up committing this kind of offence.

She said it was too early for her to say how many people or components of the police were needed to do the job, but said the team would co-opt additional people as new information about the case emerges.

Mosikili, a former head of Gauteng detectives with 27-years experience as a cop, said 80 to 90% of the cases the police investigate involved team work .

“You can’t take fingerprints as a detective. You need a fingerprint expert to take the fingerprints for you, and you need another expert to analyse and interpret (them). You need external role-players such as cellphone experts to interpret and analyse the cellphones,” she said.

The police also said crime intelligence would help find out which cellphones were in the area at the time of the shooting and who they belong to. Meyiwa’s killers fled with one cellphone which belonged to one of the people who in the house with him at the time of the robber.

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