Remembering Senzo ‘Nzori’ Meyiwa: seven years after his brutal murder, justice yet to prevail

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Today marks exactly seven years since the football fraternity learnt of devastating news on this unforgettable day, where the iconic goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was gunned down in Vosloorus. 

Best known for his remarkable scorpion saves and as the outstanding mastermind for penalties, Nzori as he famously known, lost his life at the hands of armed robbers. 

On 26 October 2014, Meyiwa was fatally shot and killed at the home of the singer and actress Kelly Khumalo, after intruders reportedly demanded a cellphone. 

After this occurrence, Meyiwa was taken to hospital and he was declared dead on arrival. 

Meyiwa’s case to find culprits behind his killing, has been dragging for the past seven years, and currently, the police made arrest of five suspects, however the mastermind is still yet to be found. 

The arrest of the quintet occurred in October last year in connection with the killing.

The arrest followed after civil rights movement, AfriForum intervened in 2019, that it will help the Meyiwa’s family with the investigation into the death of the former Bafana Bafana captain.

In their strive to find leads to the story, the AfriForum’s advocate Gerrie Nel pinned on the National Prosecuting Authority to launch an inquest in this matter. 

To what came as a shocking revelation behind the case, the case prolonged due to ‘murder cover-ups’, in whereby former lead investigator in the case, Colonel Bongani Gininda, withheld a crucial statement he had received in 2017 on who murdered Nzori. 

In a recently held murder trial,  the High Court ruled that the murder trial of the five men accused, will begin from April 11 next year. 

On Monday, the five alleged assailants appeared in court under heavy police guard, as amongst them, three of the accused are convicted criminals.

The lobby group (AfriForum), believes that the mastermind behind Meyiwa’s murder is still rooming in the streets. 

Advocate Nel said: “I do believe there is a strong enough case and we will certainly proceed with our consultations with the investigating team and hope that we will be briefed on latest developments and then we will have a better idea.”

The Meyiwa’s family is still yet to seek closure, as the await for the judgment to be lifted against orchestrators of the killing. 

In 2019, the father of Nzori, Sam Meyiwa passed away while awaiting for closure on the death of his beloved son. 

The football fraternity continues to remember Meyiwa’s legacy years later, sharing their fondest memories. 

It’s not just an ordinary goalkeeper who stands out victorious to captain both the national team and the club, but for Nzori, he came out Mzansi’s finest. 

At the time of his death, Meyiwa captained both Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates, where he left a huge void in Pirates, as the club struggled with goalkeeping department for years. 

It’s no secret, that Meyiwa’s death sparked outrage over South Africa’s uncontrolled high crime and its failure to do proper investigations.

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