Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates shot-stopper Senzo Robert Meyiwa has died.
Police spokesman Solomon Makgale yesterday confirmed to Sowetan that Meyiwa died after being shot in Vosloorus in the East Rand.
“All I can say is that he was shot and killed in the East Rand,” he said. “We’re investigating the circumstances surrounding the death," said Makgale.”
By last night, it was not clear what really happened.
Two law enforcement officials gave different versions of what could have happened.
Said one source: “The version I’m getting is that he was in a house in Vosloorus with other people, and unknown people stormed into the house and started demanding cellphones and money.”
Another source alleged that Meyiwa died during a hijacking incident. “We received a message from our boss that Meyiwa was killed in what was an attempted hijacking incident.”
The source said the incident happened at about 10pm yesterday, adding that the player was taken to Clinix Botshelong-Empilweni Private Hospital in Vosloorus.
He said Meyiwa was travelling with a woman when the incident happened but it is unclear whether he died at the hospital or at the scene by the time of going to print.
Born on September 24 1987, Meyiwa began his career as a striker for London Cosmos in Umlazi, his hometown in KwaZulu-Natal, according to www.orlandopiratesfc.comthe Orlando Pirates’ website.
“The crime scene has been cordoned off and police are busy interviewing eyewitnesses about the incident.”
Despite public rejection by Meyiwa’s family, singer Kelly Khumalo recently told Drum that he was a good father to both her children.
Born on September 24 1987, Meyiwa began his career as a striker for London Cosmos in Umlazi, his hometown in KwaZulu-Natal, according to www.orlandopiratesfc.com.
He was later converted into a goalkeeper and went on to represent the province in various competitions.
His efforts landed him a place with Pirates’ youth academy. Meyiwa earned his first cap with Pirates in the 2005/06 PSL season.
It was in the 2007/08 season that Meyiwa cemented his place with Pirates and later became captain. At the time of his death, he was Bafana Bafana No1 and captain.
Pirates spokesman Mickey Modisane could not be reached for comment.