'Cover up' hampering Meyiwa murder investigation – top cop

2016-04-07 21:15
Senzo Meyiwa (File: AP)

Senzo Meyiwa (File: AP)

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Cape Town  A "cover up" is hampering progress in solving the murder of Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, acting national police commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane said on Thursday.

"My view remains that there would have been a cover-up in that particular crime," Phahlane told Parliament's portfolio committee on police.

This is why the recently announced reconstruction of the murder scene with the Hawks was so important, he told committee members keen for a progress report on the investigation of the soccer star who also played for Orlando Pirates.

Meyiwa was killed on October 26, 2014, in what was thought to have been a botched house robbery. Zanukuhle Mbatha was initially arrested for the murder after an identikit was circulated, but he was released due to a lack of evidence.

In March, the Hawks led a team that went back to the house to go over the murder scene again.

'Leave police alone to do work'

Gauteng Hawks boss, Lieutenant General Prince Mokotedi, accompanied the investigators.

Phahlane said the investigation would be helped enormously if police were left alone to do their work and not have to fend off media speculation about imminent arrests.

"I don't like this media thing of 'about to'," he said.

He also objected to a "countdown" that some media were using of the number of days since Meyiwa's death without an arrest.

Phahlane's concern could be related to some family members saying they had complained to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela over what they regarded as the slow pace of the investigation.

The shooting took place at Meyiwa's girlfriend Kelly Khumalo's family home. He and Khumalo have a daughter.

He also had a daughter with his wife, Mandisa.

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