Senzo Meyiwa’s brother's body to be exhumed

By Drum Digital
14 January 2015

It seems there is no ‘resting in peace’ for the murdered Orlando Pirates goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa.

It seems there’s no “resting in peace” for the late Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa. The goalie was killed at Kelly Khumalo’s mother’s house in Vosloorus two months ago.

And just last week, his BMW X6 – the car that the Meyiwas had a hard time getting back from Kelly – was repossessed after his family failed to keep up with the car payments.

DRUM has learned that this week, the municipality concluded preparations for the exhumation of the mortal remains of Senzo’s twin, Siyabonga.

Senzo’s twin drowned when he was seven years old at Isipingo beach in Durban. Their father, Samuel, rescued Senzo first but was too late to save Siyabonga.

The family believes that the twins won’t be at peace until they’re buried together – even if it means burying them in one grave. According to a source close to the family, Siyabonga’s body will be buried at Heroes Acre in Chesterville, where Senzo was laid to rest over two months ago. “Everything has been sorted. The municipality people have come to finalise everything with the family,” reveals the source.

Although the exact date for the exhumation hasn’t been set yet, DRUM understands that it will take place before the end of this month.

Siyabonga was buried at Seventeen Cemetery in Umlazi. The source adds that it’s not only Siyabonga’s grave that will be dug up, but Senzo’s too. “They will also dig up Senzo’s grave to put Siyabonga’s remains inside. The family has asked an inyanga to perform that ritual,” the source further explains.

DRUM had previously interviewed Senzo’s grandmother, Gogo Juliet, who said she had informed Siyabonga that Senzo won’t be buried next to him and asked for their spirits to be united.

However, cultural experts criticise the Meyiwas for confusing culture and superstitions. Professor Jabulani Maphalala, a cultural expert, says this is an innovation by the family that has nothing to do with culture.

“Mkabayi and her twin sister Mama (King Shaka’s aunts) were buried apart, but there was never a hustle to get them together in one grave or next to each other,” he explains.

Maphalala asks what would happen if the twins were married? “This has no historical basis; we’ve never heard of such,” he explains.

His sentiments are echoed by Chairperson of Traditional Healers, Thandonjani Hlongwane. “You can bury twins apart, and nothing will happen,” he says.

Hlongwane warns the family that this will bring more back luck if they proceed with the exhumation. “It’s disrespecting the dead. This is not the way to do it.”

Both experts blame fake traditional healers, who prey on vulnerable people.

DRUM contacted Samuel about the allegations, but he refused to comment, only saying, “I’m busy, I’ll call you back.”

A family member, who asked not to be named, confirmed to DRUM that Siyabonga’s remains will indeed be exhumed. However, they denied that Siyabonga’s remains will be buried inside Senzo’s grave. “That’s insane. Siyabonga will be reburied next to Senzo because that’s what the family wanted – even before the funeral.”

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