Senzo Meyiwa life insurance payout delayed

2015-07-05 15:00
Senzo Meyiwa (File, AP)

Senzo Meyiwa (File, AP)

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The claim for late Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa’s life insurance has been delayed because some of the potential beneficiaries of his policy are still considered suspects in his murder, City Press has learnt.

“The insurance company is also waiting for the police investigation to be completed before the payout,” said a source close to the Meyiwas.

A number of people close to Meyiwa were taken in for questioning shortly after his murder.

Meyiwa (27) was shot dead by intruders in actress and singer Kelly Khumalo’s mother’s house in Vosloorus in October. Khumalo was his girlfriend at the time.

The police were informed by those in the house that night that Meyiwa had been shot by armed robbers.

When the shooting happened, Meyiwa was in the company of Khumalo; her sister Zandile; their mother, Ntombi; Zandile’s boyfriend, Longwe Twala; and two friends from Durban, Tumelo Madlala and Mthokozisi Twala.

Senzo’s father, Samuel, has expressed frustration at delays in paying out the reported R5 million expected from the life insurance taken out by his son’s football club, Orlando Pirates, through the Premier Soccer League. The policy was administered by Delphisure Group Insurance Brokers.

City Press contacted the insurance company on Thursday and office manager Ralph Clapham confirmed that Meyiwa was insured by the company, but refused to disclose details of the expected settlement, or the reasons for the delay. 

“We insure a number of soccer players in the country. I’m sorry, our policy doesn’t allow us to divulge confidential client information,” he said.

Speaking to City Press on Friday, Samuel said he was surprised to learn that the expected payout was in the region of R5 million.

The Meyiwas are still in the dark about how much is due to them and whether their son had drawn up a will.

“We are still waiting for the letter of authority from the lawyers, which will determine who must get what,” he said.

Samuel said he was very disappointed to read in the tabloids that Khumalo had hired a lawyer to claim a share of the money.

“My son had three kids. I strongly believe all his daughters will get their share from their father’s life cover, before everyone else,” he said.

Senzo and Khumalo had a child together before he died.

Samuel said that, although they were struggling financially, as a family their main concern was to find out who killed their beloved son.

He refused to comment on speculation that the delay in paying out the insurance money was because some of the potential beneficiaries were suspects in the murder.

It’s been almost a year since the murder, but the police investigation seems to be moving at a slow pace.

“It’s been very tough for us financially for the past few months. But that doesn’t mean we have to put more pressure on our lawyers. They are also waiting for the police officers to complete the investigations,” Samuel said.

“Money can’t replace a soul. We won’t lose hope. One day the truth will come out. I’m tired of fighting this battle. I have let God take over.”
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