THE family of slain Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa, not only marked the month of October as the four-year anniversary of the goalie’s death, but they've had another blow to deal with.
SUFFERED A STROKE
Senzo’s father, Sam Meyiwa, recently suffered a stroke. This has left the usually charismatic and outspoken Meyiwa Senior wheelchair-bound.
The family has, since their son’s killing on 26 October 2014, not only been grappling to cope with his death, but also let down by the fact that his killers are yet to be brought to book.
Senzo was shot dead in Spruitview, East Rand, while visiting his then girlfriend, singer Kelly Khumalo, after alleged robbers stormed into the house and fired shots, hitting the goalie on the back.
On whether the police should have by now found the person who killed her son and widespread belief that this has contributed to her husband’s ailment, Senzo’s mom, Ntombifuthi, says, “I don’t want to talk about that. I just thank God for giving us strength through these trying times. I also thank God for this new friend of ours, Indlovukazi, who has been very supportive to us.”
The person she is referring to is Durban gospel new comer and businesswoman Thandolwenkosi ‘Ndlovukazi’ Mbatha, who has been donating groceries and other necessities to the family since Sam became ill.
SHADOW OF HIS FORMER SELF
Sam, known for his enigmatic persona, is now almost the shadow of his former self.
He tries to converse as he sits on the couch surrounded by family members, including his wife, but the voice quickly fades and so he communicates through body language.
He still, however, does possess some touches of his original magnetic self, as he, despite the speech challenge, cracks a joke or two.
His eldest son, Sifiso, believes that Sam’s condition has gotten better with time.
“He’s better than before because he can now move a bit. He will definitely heal and I hope through the grace of God, he will be fine by December,” Sifiso says.
He is cautious against entertaining speculation about what might have led to his father’s ailment, but admits that it might be stress-related.