Sam Meyiwa, father of murdered Bafana star Senzo, dies

Sam Meyiwa, father of Senzo, waves to the crowd during his son's memorial service at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban.
Sam Meyiwa, father of Senzo, waves to the crowd during his son's memorial service at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban.
Gallo Images/Alon Skuy/The Times

The father of former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has died.

"It is with great sadness that Uncle Sam has passed on. However, the family is currently preparing a statement to be released shortly," family spokesperson Nathi Ngwenya told News24 on Monday.

UPDATE: 'He never truly healed from losing Senzo' - Samuel Meyiwa's family on his sudden death

Meyiwa senior died in his home in Umlazi, Durban after reportedly suffering a second stroke.

Samuel Meyiwa had a stroke in August 2018, TimesLive reported on Monday. He had been in and out of hospital since then, EWN reported.

In 2014, Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead at the home of his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo, in Vosloorus in what was initially thought to be a robbery gone wrong.

Police have been accused of dragging their feet in the case and are yet to make a breakthrough even though several people in the house witnessed the killing. Police Minister Bheki Cele previously promised to prioritise the case.

Ngwenya meanwhile told Move! that, "Senzo was everything to [Sam], they were very close, and he just never truly healed from his son’s death."


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