As South Africans mourn the loss of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa, it has just been confirmed that he was shot dead by intruders when trying to protect his girlfriend during a robbery at her home near Johannesburg, officials said this morning.
The 27-year-old Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and local Umlazi talent, Senzo Meyiwa died on Sunday after suffering a single shot through the chest at the home of his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, an actress and singer, in Vosloorus.
Speaking at the scene of the crime in Vosloorus on the East Rand, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malubane said two suspects were involved in the shooting, while a third man reportedly waited outside.
According to reports, there were seven people inside the house — believed to belong to Kelly Khumalo — when the shooting occurred.
“Two guys entered the house and demanded cellphones, money and other valuables. Senzo tried to protect Kelly because one of the men had a gun pointed towards her.”
Nkosi-Malubane said the bullet went through Meyiwa’s back, exiting through his chest. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Botshelong hospital.
“Senzo tried to protect Kelly because one of the men had a gun pointed towards her.”
Meyiwa and Khumalo’s sensational affair hit the headlines in late 2013 when Khumalo was arrested on charges of assault filed by Meyiwa’s wife, Mandisa Mkhize, following a heated, physical altercation on the Empire Road off-ramp near the M1 South in Johannesburg.
Meyiwa took responsibility for his actions at the time, telling Sunday World: “Kelly is a good woman. She is not the reason for my marriage falling apart. This is all my fault. I lied to them [Khumalo and Mkhize].
“I approached her [Khumalo] and she asked if I was married. But I wasn’t man enough to tell her the truth. As a result, she fell in love with me.”
Shortly afterwards Khumalo confirmed she was pregnant with Meyiwa’s child, and later gave birth a baby girl named Thingo in March 2014. Social media platforms have been buzzing with people accusing and defending Khumalo.
Police on Sunday said two men entered Khumalo’s house at 8pm. A third waited outside the house and all three fled immediately after the shooting. Meyiwa was declared dead on arrival at hospital, the police added.
Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim Mashaba comforted several of Senzo Meyiwa’s team mates who arrived at the hospital not long after the shooting.
Following the death of Orlando Pirates’ goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, the Soweto Derby scheduled for Saturday has been postponed. Speaking at a press conference this morning, Premier Soccer League (PSL) CEO Brand de Villiers confirmed the derby would be postponed out of respect for Senzo Meyiwa.
“The high-profile nature of the fixture, combined with the cause of the death will be seen as being insensitive should we continue with the match. We Orlando Pirates are tabling a plea to postpone the fixture on Saturday – a day that Senzo will likely be buried.”
In recent breaking news, we have also learnt that Senzo Meyiwa’s Mom has been rushed to hospital.
“We can assure all South Africans that we will do all we can to bring Senzo Meyiwa’s killers (to) book,” the South African Police Service said on its Twitter account, offering a reward of R150 000. No arrests had yet been made and police were investigating a case of murder.