Senzo Meyiwa you will be missed…

2014-10-26 22:03

In the four 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers played to date he was yet to concede a goal and captained the team. Senzo Robert Meyiwa was a born leader for club and country, his club, Orlando Pirates entrusted him with the captaincy which brought great success. The 27 year old who hails from Umlazi in Durban died from a gunshot wound. Meyiwa was in action on Saturday night as pirates ran out 4-1 winners at the Orlando Stadium. Assumptions are being thrown around all over social media, stating that he was at his girlfriend’s house in Vosloorus in the East Rand while a man apparently demanded his cell phone and opened fire. Brutal crimes on high profile individuals in South Africa tend to emphasize the ever increasing crime rate in our beautiful country. Fans from almost every single club in South Africa and abroad are mourning the death of a very highly talented individual who brought so much of happiness and charisma to the national squad. It is just unfortunate that Senzo like many others die from these brutal crimes on a daily basis. I guess this will be a rather forceful push on our state to become more progressive when it comes to fighting crime in our country. I always believed that it is ridiculous that we have almost 4 private security personal for every one person in the SAPS. The state has made progressive steps towards fighting crime by working with various private companies and personal in creating crime watch campaigns but this is a far cry from where our level of state security should be. We also need to dig deeper into our current SAPS and do random integrity tests, such as those that are common in the New York Police Department, of such a nature that no officer will ever be able to know if and when they are being tested. This has proven to be part of the effective long-term strategy that is needed to build a service of police officers who are professional and uphold the law at all times. Naturally, many challenges exist, including drug and alcohol abuse in the SAPS, gang affiliations, low morale and a culture of violence. Such serious policing failures such as the sheer volume of service firearms that are “lost” every year need to be treated with the censure they deserve. Such weapons invariably end up in the hands of criminals and end up causing the deaths of innocents, particularly our children. Police officers should learn to treat their weapons with the responsibility that should come with it, or face serious consequences. Nevertheless Senzo will be missed… I send my condolences to the friends and supporters of Meyiwa and Orlando Pirates.

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