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4 years later, no justice for Senzo Meyiwa who was shot at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo's house


ON this day, 4 years ago, Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead during a suspected house robbery at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s house.

Four years on, three police commissioners and two police ministers later, there are still no arrests.

It was a Sunday evening in 2014 at about 10pm when news of Senzo’s death was tweeted on social media.

Senzo was mysteriously shot dead during a robbery at his musician girlfriend’s house in Vosloorus. He was with Kelly, her sister Zandi, Kelly’s mother, Kelly’s two children, Longwe Twala and his childhood friend Madlala at the time of the shooting.

Senzo Meyiwa

Zanokuhle Mbatha was arrested five days after the shooting and appeared in court. He was later freed on 11 November due to a lack of evidence.

At the time of his death, Senzo – who was married traditionally to Mandisa Mkhize – had been having an affair with Kelly Khumalo, with whom they share a baby together – Thingo.

In the lead up to Senzo’s funeral in Durban, Sam Meyiwa – the father of the late goalkeeper – said Khumalo would not be welcome at the funeral.

Khumalo and her baby Thingo, did not attend the funeral.

Approached for comment on Friday, national police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo said the investigations were still ongoing.

“Yes the matter is still under investigation. No new developments,” he responded by text.

Ahead of the Soweto Derby this weekend, Kaizer Chiefs captain and goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune, tweeted that he missed his compatriot.

“#TBT Miss you a lot bro #SowetoDerby #Brothers4life #GodIsGreat I wish @OfficialPSL can name #GoalkeeperOfTheSeason in your name,” tweeted Khune

Senzo’s former club, which he was captain of at the time of his death – Orlando Pirates – was slated for forgetting about their former Number 1. The club has not issued any messages on their social media platforms and website

Meanwhile, Senzo’s father Sam, who suffered a mild stroke in August, was not in a position to speak on Friday.

He had alleged in February that policemen had been bribed to not make any arrests pertaining to Senzo’s killers.

“It is clear that someone has been bribing police not to arrest anyone for my son’s murder,” he told News24 in February.


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