Police Minister announces breakthrough in the Senzo Meyiwa murder case

Slain Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, whose murder remains unsolved five years on. Picture: Themba Maseko
Slain Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, whose murder remains unsolved five years on. Picture: Themba Maseko

Five people have been arrested for the murder of former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa, who was shot dead in Vosloorus at the home of his then-girlfriend, singer, and actress Kelly Khumalo.

Monday marked six years since Meyiwa, was killed in an alleged botched robbery.

Police Minister General Bheki Cele together with National Commissioner General Khehla Sitole updated the nation on the latest developments in the Meyiwa murder case on the anniversary of his death.

The Minister announced that the first five suspects were arrested between 8 am and 10 am in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.

“These arrests are as a result of multi-disciplinary integrated approach to this investigation which is working closely with the director of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) .

“SAPS and the NPA are confident that we have a water-tight case against all five suspects.”

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He said they could not reveal any further information as investigations are still ongoing and more arrests cannot be ruled out.

Cele said the soccer star’s death brought the Meyiwa family immeasurable pain and also sent shockwaves across the country and the entire continent.

“South Africans from all corners joined the Meyiwa family in demanding justice for this brutal murder but with no arrests hope of whether or not Senzo Meyiwa’s killers would be found began to fade away for some, but not for us in the South African Police Service,” he said.

Despite heavy criticism from some, Minister Cele said they have always been satisfied that the progress of the murder case was going well.

Crucial evidence 'overlooked' in Senzo Meyiwa murder case

He said in 2018 the national commissioner established a cold case team in response to many calls in various criminal cases which have not been successfully investigated. Months later, Meyiwa’s case was assigned to the cold case team.

“During these past two years, the Senzo Meyiwa case generated speculations of who could have been responsible for the sport icon’s murder. Despite this, the investigators never lost sight of their work at hand.

“While those speculations were rife, the case also attracted much media attention and media leaks touching on some aspects of the investigation.

“We really condemn these leaks and strongly believe that information may have been leaked in an attempt to derail investigations. This is why moving forward, the investigation team will be considering opening cases of defeating the ends of justice to ensure that such leaks never occur again,” said Cele.

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