Sam Meyiwa, the father of slain soccer star Senzo Meyiwa, has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to help bring his son’s killers to book
He made the plea during eNCA’s recent interview with the president.
During a discussion about South Africa’s high crime rate, producers crossed live to Sam’s house in KwaZulu-Natal.
He begged the president to help his family find out what happened the night Senzo was shot dead in 2014.
Fours years later, Sam says he is still waiting for answers. “My heart is sore. I’m worried. I cry every day…,” he told Ramaphosa.
The president empathised with his plight, saying that the family had been waiting too long for closure
“… we feel for you, we are with you, and it’s been too long actually… for perpetrators of the heinous crime that was committed against your son [to be] found,” Ramaphosa said.
The president added that “the Minister of Police is focusing on this crime”.
“He is focusing on it because he wants it to be solved as well. And I have said to him that this crime needs to be followed through, we need to have this crime solved, and there are quite a number of other crimes, high [priority] crimes that are also on his desk and he knows that he needs to work on those…”
Senzo was killed in an alleged robbery at Kelly Khumalo’s family home in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni.
Police had initially made an arrest, but it turned out the man was not involved. He filed a R10-million lawsuit against police after spending 13 days in custody.
The unsolved case has resulted in many South Africans coming up with their own theories about what happened.
Like Sam, many do not believe Senzo was killed by robbers. Music producer Chicco Twala made headlines earlier this month when a Twitter user claimed his son Longwe – who was dating Kelly’s sister Zandi at the time – used his gun to shoot the footballer after an altercation.
Chicco denied his gun was used, adding that he does not believe his son pulled the trigger.
But Chicco says the six people who were in the house at the time of the shooting know what really happened.
“Someone has pulled a trigger. Someone killed Senzo on that night. These six people knew who did it. Why are they quiet? I am not buying the story about the robbery, personally. Someone knows who killed Senzo, including my son, they must be arrested if needs be,” he told Power FM in an interview.
Zandi and Kelly, who were both present at the time of the shooting, have vehemently died any involvement.
“People will think whatever they want to think. We know what happened and the police know what happened. And if people have any doubts, they will have to sort that out with the police. The police would have arrested us on the day of the incident if we were suspects,” Zandi told Move magazine in May.