A devastating tragedy has befallen another Meyiwa family in the Mzansi football fraternity.
This week, we read of the most heartbreaking news that young, up-and-coming Kaizer Chiefs star Wiseman Meyiwa won’t play football again after it was confirmed that he will not recover from spinal injuries he sustained in a car accident in November.
He is only 19 and is now wheelchair-bound. If this does not touch you – you’re colder than a witch’s tit. You need help! The news felt like a dagger piercing through my heart, almost in similar and traumatic fashion as the news of Senzo Meyiwa after he was shot and killed five years ago.
Even today, there’s still no justice for Senzo and his killers are roaming the streets. His dad, Sam Meyiwa, is also wheelchair-bound and his speech impaired after suffering a stroke in August.
Chiefs had a media day this week and Meyiwa was seen mingling and chit-chatting with his teammates. The club then circulated pictures that captured the moment – it was solemn. His teammates are stunned, you can see they don’t know what to say or how to react, it’s the most painful scene this year, so far.
Even Chiefs admitted that his teammates will also need some form of help to deal with the shock. Like they say, every dark cloud has a silver lining. And at least, unlike Senzo, Wiseman is alive and still has a whole life ahead of him. Senzo was not so fortunate.
THE immediate challenge is mentally. He needs serious counselling and encouragement. He needs to be thankful that he came out of that car wreckage alive. It was a miracle because his VW GTi was wrecked to smithereens. It’s not the end of the world.
There’s so much he can still achieve. He is still a teenager and can enrol at any school. He can start and run a business. He can write books. He can be a motivational speaker. He can do sports management. He can venture into farming. He can still be anything.
The country has done so much to uplift and empower paraplegics. Corporate offices, shopping malls, sports stadiums, universities/colleges and entertainment arenas are obliged to have facilities for the wheelchair community – it’s just a matter of adjusting and accepting.
I applaud Amakhosi for taking a stance that they will be with the youngster through thick and thin.
“The club will endeavour to give Wiseman and his family all the support he needs, including trauma counselling – emotional and psychological. We will also assist with educational support to ensure he is self-sufficient in the future. We will also put proper support systems in place to make sure his home-based care is as comfortable as possible,” reads the Chiefs statement.
Meyiwa will also get a handsome payout also from the PSL players’ insurance. He must just follow his name and use it wisely.
Chiefs have given him a platform and a name that he can use productively and to his advantage. It’s going to be difficult, but I have trust in the young man. I saw how brave he was when he easily took on opponents much bigger and more experienced than him.
And I know he will deal with this new chapter like the true soldier he was on the soccer field.
– Sunday Sun