Delving into Senzo’s funds

2014-11-08 00:00

SLAIN football star Senzo Meyiwa had never registered his marriage to his estranged “wife”, Mandisa Mkhize.

And while the star enjoyed over a decade in the limelight as a professional footballer, an investigation by the Weekend Witness revealed that Meyiwa had no known assets, except for three expensive cars and a City Golf.

With his estate being wound up and no clarity on whether he had a will, legal experts maintain that his lover Kelly Khumalo could lay claim to a portion for her child with the famed goalkeeper who was killed in a botched robbery at her home in Johannesburg two weeks ago.

The Home Affairs Department — through a marriage verification tool on its website — revealed that both Mkhize and Meyiwa were single. The search engine also recorded Meyiwa as “deceased”.

Just days after Meyiwa was brutally murdered, the gloves came off, with his family demanding his belongings, among them a brand new BMW X6 that Khumalo was seen driving around in.

Meyiwa’s family spokesperson Siyabonga Miya said: “I am not in a position to disclose any information about his assets. You need to understand that he was young and he was in the process of acquiring assets.”

Top South African footballers are rumoured to be paid approximately R400 000 per month; however, Orlando Pirates are known to pay the least out of the big clubs.

Weekend Witness was unable to ascertain how much Meyiwa took home and it was reported that his agent, Mike Makaab, refused to comment on whether the footballer had a will.

Mkhize would only say: “No comment.”

Just months ago, Meyiwa was living with Mkhize in a 89,4 square-metre flat owned by Pirates boss Irvin Khoza, in Sandton, Johannesburg, at the Meadowfields complex.

Umlazi Football Association president Sikhumbuzo “Fish” Jamarie, who co-owned the Jamarie Sports Academy with Meyiwa, which is not registered as a company or non-profit organisation, said Meyiwa contributed financially to the club.

“As a friend and business partner, I always advised him that there was life after soccer. He told me that he was financially secure,” said Jamarie.

Weekend Witness established that neither Meyiwa nor Mkhize owned any property in their respective names, nor was he listed as a director of any company and he had no trusts.

According to records obtained by the Weekend Witness, Meyiwa applied for credit from BMW Financial Services in August, presumably to buy the X6.

It was also established that Meyiwa had three other cars registered in his name: a BMW 1 Series, a VW Citi Golf and a VW Golf R.

“Soccer is a very dicey career. A player can be injured now and, three months down the line, people would have forgotten about you. I told him to save money while things were going well for him. One thing that cripples soccer players is their lifestyle, because it creates competition,” said Jamarie.

TWO of KZN’s largest soccer clubs said they prepare their players for “life after football”.

Maritzburg United team manager Quintin Jettoo said it is an issue “we take very seriously”, while Amazulu FC spokesperson Philani Mabaso said educating the players was a “collective effort” and more “needed to be done”.

• Additional reporting by

Lloyd Barnard.

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