Murdered Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa's father, Sam Meyiwa dies because of stress

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Sam Meyiwa has died without getting justice for his late son, Senzo.

According to the SA Football Association (Safa), Meyiwa senior passed away in the early hours of this morning.

A close family friend of Sam Meyiwa who spoke to Celeb Gossip said Sam died of stress as he desperately wanted his son's killers to be arrested and jailed.

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Last year, Meyiwa suffered a stroke and another one last month, which resulted in him being hospitalised, according to the source, all this was because of the depression Sam was experiencing because of Senzo's death.

"Senzo was the bread winner. He made sure his parents were well catered for. So when he died everything changed. Since Senzo's death, Sam has been suffering from depression," said the family friend.

According to previous Daily News reports, Meyiwa had taken ill been after police announced they were closing the case.

Family spokesman Nathi Ngwenya told TimesLIVE that the family was in a state of shock about Meyiwa’s death but a statement would be issued during the course of the day.

“The family is still confused and shocked. He was in a very bad shape since he suffered a stroke. He never fully recovered. His wife is in a bad state and is still very shocked,” he said.

Ngwenya said it was still to early to talk about funeral arrangements but the family would issue a statement in that regard.

One of Meyiwa's final posts on Facebook related to his ongoing appeals for his son's killers to be brought to justice.

Meyiwa senior's death comes five years after Senzo – who played for Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana, was gunned down by alleged robbers at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo's family home in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, in 2014.

In January this year, police minister Bheki Cele vowed police would make a breakthrough "in the not very distant future" and catch his killers.

Meyiwa relentlessly sought justice for his son and at one stage, alleged that authorities and those that were in the house when Senzo was killed, were bribed into silence.

He passed on without finding out who killed his son.

Social media users also took to Facebook to pass messages of condolences.

Edwin Bright said,"You fought for justice until your last day. That is a symbol of love from a father to a son."

Matsobane Legoabe said,"He died without finding closure. May his soul RIP."

Msiziwethu Sobethu said, "Khoza refused to release Senzo's finances until his father died, the struggle will continue at Mayfair, rest in peace tata though."

Lwandile Lwa Daka said,"Sad hey.. Joining your son in heaven not knowing who killed him first, this guy will never RIP because of SA police."

Thabo Kgatitswe said,"Sam Meyiwa, has passed away this morning,the police have failed to do their job but protected the politically connected by dragging their feet in Senzo' murder case."


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