Shock at Meyiwa's death

2014-10-27 15:49
Forensic investigators walk outside the home of Kelly Khumalo in Vosloorus, where Senzo Meyiwa, Orlando Pirates goalkeeper, was fatally shot. (AP)

Forensic investigators walk outside the home of Kelly Khumalo in Vosloorus, where Senzo Meyiwa, Orlando Pirates goalkeeper, was fatally shot. (AP)

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Johannesburg - The president, political parties, rights groups, and sporting bodies expressed shock on Monday at the death of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa.

The 27-year-old national team and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and captain was shot at about 20:00 at his girlfriend, singer and actress Kelly Khumalo's Vosloorus home, Ekurhuleni, on Sunday.

"We mourn the death of this young footballer and team leader whose life has been taken away at the prime of his career. The law enforcement authorities must leave no stone unturned in finding his killers and bring them to justice," President Jacob Zuma said in a statement.

"Words cannot express the nation's shock at this loss."

SA Football Association CEO Dennis Mumble said the association would make sure Meyiwa got "a dignified burial that he deserves".

The ANC said it joined South Africa in mourning Meyiwa.

"The brutal killing of this rising star has left our nation shocked, saddened, and all that much poorer for the loss of this young and promising athlete," spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, where Meyiwa hails from, said many people in the province looked up to him as a role model.

"This young man has excelled in his sport and brought us much pride and joy."

KwaZulu-Natal Sports MEC Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha said Meyiwa was an inspiration to the nation.

"KwaZulu-Natal is proud of having produced such a gifted athlete to the service of the nation."

The DA said it had high hopes Meyiwa would have led "a youthful new-look Bafana Bafana" to revive South African football.

"His incredible influence on Bafana Bafana's current form is underscored by the fact that he was the only goalkeeper yet to concede a single goal in the first four fixtures of the African Cup of Nations qualifying matches," DA MP Solly Malatsi said.

The EFF said his death reflected the "deep crisis of violent crime that the country is facing".

"He was a great goalkeeper, a great captain, and many say a kind human being," EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.

The National Freedom Party Youth Movement said Meyiwa's death was a sign that criminals were "calling the shots" in the country.

"We no longer need to have meetings in fancy boardrooms to discuss crime. Let's come out of our comfort zones and hunt down criminals and kill them. We need to protect each other by eliminating criminals in our areas," it said.

‘We have lost a patriot’

Gauteng Sports MEC Molebatsi Bopape said: "We have lost a patriot, a committed sportsman who evidently had a bright future on and off the pitch."

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said Meyiwa was a "rare species" in the field of football, while Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele said Meyiwa's death came just as his soccer career was blossoming.

The IFP said the country lost a sports hero.

Cricket SA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the deaths of Meyiwa and Olympic medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, who died in an accident on Friday, was a "sad time" for South African sports.

Proteas Test captain Hashim Amla and One Day International captain AB de Villiers paid tribute to Meyiwa on behalf of the team.

The SA Rugby Union (Saru) also paid its respects to Meyiwa.

"The loss of any life is sad and tragic and along with the South African Football Association and everyone else in South African sport we'd like to pay our respects to Senzo today," said Saru president Oregan Hoskins.

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers said Meyiwa's death was tragic and unnecessary.

SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee president Gideon Sam said: "There are no words to describe our shock and anger. A captain of a national team is respected and adored wherever he goes but in our country he is hunted down."

Soweto derby postponed

Earlier, the ANC Youth League proposed that the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and soccer authorities consider postponing the derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates this coming Saturday.

The PSL announced later that out of respect for Meyiwa, the Soweto derby was postponed until further notice.

Absa, who sponsors the local premiership, also mourned Meyiwa.

"It is heart-breaking to have learnt of the passing of our sporting star," Barclays Africa Group chief executive Maria Ramos said.

Lobby group AfriForum condemned the murder.

"The murder of Meyiwa once again highlights the fact that crime in South Africa is reaching crisis proportions..." CEO Kallie Kriel said.

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Monday that a task team had been established to investigate the crime.

She also announced that the reward for information which would lead to the arrest and conviction of those involved, had been increased from R150 000 to R250 000.

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union said it had faith in the task team.

"Meyiwa's family and friends deserve to witness the apprehension and prosecution of the criminals which are currently being sought after," it said.

Afrikanerbond chairperson Jaco Schoeman said Meyiwa's murder, as well as that of farmer Johan van Rensburg outside Leeudoringstad, North West, on Saturday, were senseless.

"The law must now take its course and we want to express our sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of the victims," he said.

"Our biggest concern is that these victims will in time only become yet another crime statistic."

Two other farmers were arrested after they allegedly shot dead two of the three robbers who allegedly killed Van Rensburg.

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