RETIRED soccer player Brilliant Khuzwayo has failed his dead friend’s daughter.
In January, he promised to take care of Senzo Meyiwa’s daughter Namhla (14) but he has not come through for her.
Speaking to Daily Sun earlier this year, Namhla said life was difficult without her father.
“I sometimes go to school without any food in my lunch box. My grandmother and uncle try but it sometimes becomes too difficult for them.”
After the article was published, Brilliant came forward and told the SunTeam he would help Namhla.
He asked her to draw up a list of things she needed for school.
Speaking to the SunTeam this week in the presence of her gogo Ntombifuthi, Namhla said: “I was very happy when he asked me to draw up the list. I immediately made it and forwarded it to my uncle Sfiso. I asked for roll-up crayons, a pencil case, flip files, plastic covers, pens, sellotape and lead pencils. The items were needed in the first week of February but I never received them. Fortunately, I received help from other Good Samaritans and bought the items.”
The SunTeam was in constant contact with Brilliant to check if he was keeping his promises but he kept making excuses. Last month, he said he was on holiday.
He later said Namhla’s list was not clear. On another occasion, he said he needed to meet with Namhla’s uncle Sfiso.
Sfiso said he forwarded the list to Brilliant and the meeting he was speaking about had nothing to do with his promise.
Ntombifuthi said they had really hoped Brilliant would help Namhla.
“People saw a good side of him and he was praised all over but in reality, he raised our hopes for nothing,” she said.
Daily Sun tried numerous times to call Brilliant but his phone rang unanswered, and he had not responded to text messages by the time of going to print.
Several organisations have previously promised to take care of Meyiwa’s daughter, these include the South African National Civics Organisation and Red Farms have come forward to help Senzo Meyiwa’s daughter.
At some point, Sanco contributed R1 500 to pay for Namhla’s stationery.
This comes after former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo promised to take care of Namhla.
Sanco and Red Farms once contacted Daily Sun and promised to take care of Namhla’s needs for the next 10 years, in appreciation of what Brilliant did.
Chris Malematja from Sanco in Gauteng said: “Senzo was a national icon and therefore, we couldn’t wait or postpone his daughter’s education.
“We have decided to take Namhla into our school uniform programme. She will receive a uniform, shoes and learning materials along with pupils from 35 schools.”
Meanwhile, many South Africans believe Longwe Twala – music producer Chicco Twala's son – directly took part in killing Senzo Meyiwa. He has been accused countless times of being the one who pulled the trigger – an allegation he strongly disputes.
Hours after former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa was killed, his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo and her sister Zandile allegedly approached a nearby sangoma and asked for ritual cleansing.
Days later, the sisters’ mother, Gladness, allegedly also drove to the same sangoma’s house accompanied by Zandile and her then boyfriend Longwe Twala (music producer, Chicco Twala’s son), who is said to have told the traditional healer that he “couldn’t sleep at night because a dead person was strangling him”.
It is widely believed that the dead person he was referring to was reportedly Senzo Meyiwa’s ghost.
The sangoma, in her affidavit dated January 20, 2015, claims she was reluctant to perform any rituals on Twala without his parents’ consent, but Gladness convinced her that “nobody wants to help her (Gladness) except me”.
The sangoma, in her affidavit, further revealed that:
Kelly Khumalo returned with a goat in January 2015 for another cleansing ceremony because things weren’t going well with her; The singer’s two children were also subjected to ritual cleansing;
She told Longwe, as she was cleansing him, that the shadow of a dead person was following him, and he responded by saying, “the dead person is even strangling him and he doesn’t sleep at night”.