His murder has rocked Mzansi to its core. And now there’s another twist in the Senzo Meyiwa saga . . . His high-profile case has gone cold!
These are the words of the SunTeam’s insiders. According to these informants, the slain Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper’s docket is destined to gather dust at the back of some seldom used office in a cop shop.
This means the case has been closed, several high-ranking officers have said. A source said the case had been given to the elite police unit, the Hawks, for investigation. But the docket has since been sent back to the South African Police Service (Saps).
Explaining how a case became cold, the informant said: “A cold case is a criminal case that wasn’t solved, but for which new information eventually emerges that would be material evidence. When a case becomes cold, it can be re-opened. But there must be new tangible evidence like forensic evidence, new testimony and witnesses that link a suspect or suspects to the crime. In the Senzo Meyiwa case there’s been neither. That’s because new information emerges and soon becomes null.”
The informant said police had hit a dead end in the Senzo case. “It’s been four years since Senzo’s murder and police have yet to make progress in securing new evidence,” the mole said.
Another source found it shameful that the late footie’s father, Sam, had not been updated about the new developments. Insisted the source: “It’s also sad that Mzansi may never know the truth about who killed Senzo, as the case is closed.”
Spokesperson for the national police commissioner, Vish Naidoo, confirmed the case had been returned to the Saps. Asserted Naidoo: “There are no new leads, but the case is still being investigated. It’s not correct to say the case is going to be closed.”
But police sources disagree. Said the insider: “This is the fourth year investigating the case and there hasn’t been a breakthrough. This case will either be filed under unsolved murder cases, be suspended or closed, as there’s no progress. That’s why the Hawks handed it back to the national commissioner.”
Claimed the third informant: “All avenues have been explored and exhausted, yet there’s no significant progress, no new witnesses have been questioned or interrogated in recent months and police investigating the case are frustrated because they don’t know where to look. The only reason they’re still investigating the case is because the victim was a famous person. It’s a matter of time before the case is shelved.”
Said Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi: “The case was handed back to the Saps because it was recalled. They said their own investigators would work on it, and we had to comply.”
Bheki Cele’s spokesperson Nonkululeko Phokane said: “Bheki Cele was in KwaZulu-Natal with Sam Meyiwa and promised to update him on the progress of the case.”
Meanwhile, Sam said he was frustrated because he has been kept in the dark by investigators and progress on the case was moving at a snail’s pace. Senzo was shot and killed while visiting his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo in October 2014.