Officials arrive for Senzo Meyiwa funeral

2014-11-01 11:36

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Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba arrived for the funeral of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban this morning.

Gigaba, wearing a black suit, white shirt and grey tie, was accompanied by his wife, who wore similarly subdued colours.

He shook hands with supporters before paying tribute to Meyiwa.

“Senzo was part of us every week, giving us memories. We are left with that,” Gigaba said.

“He was larger than life, to imagine him cold was something we never thought we would see ... such is life that we have to bury our younger brothers,” said Gigaba.

He, like KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu, made a cross with his arms – a sign associated with Orlando Pirates, who Meyiwa also captained.

The stadium was slowly filling up as the family was making its way to the venue.

Earlier, Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba was greeted with wild applause and ululation from the supporters who had gathered to bid Meyiwa farewell.

Wearing a black suit, white shirt and a striped tie, he crossed the pitch to a marquee erected for guests.

Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo also arrived earlier.

Gospel singers took to the stage to entertain the crowd, numbering around 15 000, as rain started to fall.

Meyiwa was shot and killed on Sunday, when two attackers entered his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s house.

Yesterday, a man appeared in court in connection with Meyiwa’s murder.

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