The announcement of the arrests in connection with the murder of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa is cause for satisfaction, and yet a great deal of scepticism persists.
It has been six years since Meyiwa was gunned down at the home of his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo, during which time many theories have done the rounds, ranging from a robbery gone wrong, to an assassination, and speculation that he was killed by friend and music producer Chicco Twala’s son, Longwe Twala, during an argument involving Kelly Khumalo’s sister, Zandi Khumalo. Khumalo was believed to have been in a romantic relationship with Twala.
The police have come under fierce criticism for bungling the investigation, or alternatively for deliberately sabotaging it. As a result, in a classic South African twist, Afrikaner activist group AfriForum got involved and launched a private prosecution. The police’s self-congratulatory claim that the arrests were the result of their “tireless efforts” sounds hollow in this context. Even more so given that News24 reported last week that the murder weapon had been found and linked to the triggerman, while at the weekend police said they were still investigating whether anyone who was in the house at the time of the shooting should be charged.
However, both Police Minister Bheki Cele and AfriForum investigator Gerrie Nel appear to be in agreement that the mastermind behind the murder is still in the wind.
The fact that the case has remained unsolved for so long has been a poor reflection on the police, and it is imperative now that they crack who it was that ordered the hit. That, in turn, is likely to shine a light on a murky underworld, in which contract killers flourish.