Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa’s killers will be caught and brought to book, Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula has warned.
“You can run but you can’t hide,” Mbalula said today at the Standard Bank Arena memorial service to pay homage to three sporting figures who died in the past week.
“If they are your friends, if they are your boyfriends, release them,” he said to the cheers of sports fans.
“This nation will ever be at ease until we’ve found them and the machinery of justice is grinding. Each one of us has the responsibility because somewhere, somehow, someone knows who killed Senzo Meyiwa.”
He was shot dead in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, while visiting his singer girlfriend Kelly Khumalo on Sunday evening. Two men entered the house demanding cellphones. They shot him before fleeing.
Mbalula said Meyiwa’s hard work to rise through the national ranks should serve as an inspiration to South Africans.
“May the death of Senzo Meyiwa be an inspiration to succeed even more and be inspired by his deeds,” he said.
“We must consolidate our resolve as a nation to clean our streets of criminals and let us not celebrate criminals. Let a criminal remain a criminal and not a role model.”
Mbalula also said Meyiwa’s death is more painful because the country expected more from him.
“We cry when we speak of Senzo Meyiwa because we expected more from him,” Mbalula said.
“He was part of the ship we were steering in the right direction.”