Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead by intruders while trying to protect his girlfriend during a robbery at her home, officials said.
The 27-year-old Orlando Pirates goalkeeper died yesterday after suffering a single shot through the chest at the home of girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, an actress and singer, in the township of Vosloorus, Gauteng.
“Two guys entered the house and demanded mobile phones, money and other valuables,” provincial community safety official Sizakele Nkosi-Malubane said today.
“Senzo tried to protect Kelly because one of the men had a gun pointed towards her.”
Police yesterday said two men entered Khumalo’s house at about 8pm. A third waited outside the house and all three fled immediately after the shooting.
Meyiwa was declared dead on arrival at hospital, the police added.
Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba comforted several of Meyiwa’s team mates who arrived at the hospital not long after the shooting.
“This is a sad loss which ever way you look at it – to Senzo’s family, his extended family, Orlando Pirates and to the nation,” Pirates chairperson Irvin Khoza said.