'You can't replace someone like Senzo'

By Drum Digital
01 November 2014

As you approach Moses Mabhida Stadium, the deafening sound of Vuvuzelas fills the air.

By Khosi Biyela

As you approach Moses Mabhida Stadium, the deafening sound of Vuvuzelas fills the air.

Supporters are wearing soccer jerseys of different PSL teams, but Orlando Pirates supporters are in larger numbers. They are all here with one purpose, to pay their last respects to their fallen hero, Bafana Bafana captain, Senzo Meyiwa.

At the entrance, about twenty security guards are checking bags f.or weapons and illegal substances.

Inside the stadium, which is yet to fill up, gospel music is playing in the background but supporters are chanting their own song, "Senzo akalalanga uguqe ngamadolo" (Senzo is not asleep, he is just resting on his knees).

On the other side of the stadium there are fans chanting a different song. Some are wearing Sangoma gear pretending to be looking for Senzo's killers. They pick one person, singing that the killer has been found.

People are still coming in, with many declaring their undying love for the slain soccer.

Daliso Mkhize from Harrismith came to Durban on Friday to witness his hero's farewell.

"I couldn't miss it for anything. When I heard about his death I couldn't even go to work," he says.  Mkhize says he had never met Senzo in person but the connection was amazing.

"We have a lot of questions about his death but we hope now that there is a suspect we will get answers soon," he says.

Fisani Ngcongo also from Harrismith reveals that the night he heard about the untimely death of Senzo, she couldn't eat.

The sad Fisani explains that she loved Senzo with all her heart.

"I'm a loyal Orlando Pirates supporter and I don't think anyone will replace him, you can't replace someone like Senzo," she says.

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