S/Africa & Orlando Pirates goalkeeper shot dead in his girlfriend’s house
Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates number one goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead yesterday October 26th at his girlfriend’s house
According to reports, Meyiwa, 27, who played a match for Orlando Pirates on Saturday night, was at his girlfriend’s house, SA pop star Kelly Khumalo when three men entered the home in Vosloorus, Johannesburg to rob them. Meyiwa ended up getting shot in the chest. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead. No one else in the house was hurt.
Even though he was dating Kelly openly, Meyiwa was married. Until his death he was married to a lady named Mandisa Mkhize and they had two children. He also had a child with Kelly, a baby girl named Aphelele who was born this year.
“A reward of up to R150,000 is being offered for any information that can lead to arrests.”
Pirates also confirmed that the player had been killed.
“@Orlando_Pirates family has learned with sadness of the untimely death of our number 1 keeper & captain Senzo Meyiwa,” the club tweeted.
Irvin Khoza, the club chairman, added: “This is a sad loss to Senzo’s family especially his children, to Orlando Pirates & the nation.”
Meyiwa played for his club in Soweto on Saturday and has been in outstanding form for the national team during recent 2015 Africa Cup qualifiers.
The death of the national football team captain is the second tragedy to hit South African sport within three days after former world 800-metre athletics champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi died Friday in a car crash.
Celebrities and sporting stars across expressed shock on Twitter as they woke up to the news of Meyiwa’s death.
South Africa team-mates Dean Furman and Andile Jali were among the first to react to the Meyiwa tragedy on the social media site.
“Beyond devastated at the loss of our captain and friend Senzo Meyiwa. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this terrible time,” tweeted England-based Furman, who plays for Doncaster Rovers in the third-tier in the English league.
“Just got a call and I was sleeping, but now I cannot sleep because of what I just heard,” tweeted Jali, who moved from Pirates to Belgium club Ostend this year.
Former Orlando Pirates coach Augusto Palacios tweeted: “What a tragic loss @SenzoMey1 was an unbelievably honourable human, friend & sportsman. The Country is mourning your loss #RIPSenzoMeyiwa”.
Proteas cricketer Wayne Parnell said: “Saddened to wake up here in New Zealand and hear such horrific news about the passing of Senzo Meyiwa”.
Mamelodi Sundowns player Teko Modise tweeted: “Beyond devastated at the loss of our captain & friend Senzo Meyiwa. thoughts & prayers are with his family & friends at this terrible time”.
Meanwhile, South African journalist Ranjeni Munusamy said: “So it wasn’t just a nightmare then? #SenzoMeyiwa”.