Thousands wait for Senzo Meyiwa’s body

2014-10-31 15:04

Police closed off Anton Lembede Street in Durban to traffic outside the City Hall as thousands of mourners gathered to await the arrival of the body of slain Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa.

eThekwini metro police and the South African Police Service attempted to keep space open in the road to allow the vehicle transporting his body to pass.

Meyiwa hails from uMlazi on the outskirts of the coastal city.

Thompson Phoswa, a former coach of uMlazi’s London Cosmos, who sent Meyiwa to Orlando Pirates for trials when he was younger, was among the mourners.

“It is very painful to me; it’s very bad. I think the crime [rate] is too high. This hits all of us, especially me, as I was a father figure to him at that time.”

He said he had received a call at 10pm on Sunday from Meyiwa’s brother, Sifiso.

“At first I thought it was a joke but he was crying. I never slept the whole of that night. People were asking me all the time if it was true.”

Meyiwa was shot dead on Sunday night, allegedly by two men who entered the house of his girlfriend, singer and actress Kelly Khumalo, in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni.

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