In October 2014, South African footballer Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead. But five years after the tragedy, the investigation seems to drag on. Quit to justify the shattering exit of a visibly impatient NGO.
This is likely the beginning of a real battle of arms between the South African police and the NGO AfriForum. At the center of the controversy, the Senzo Meyiwa case named after the goalkeeper of the national football team of South Africa murdered in 2014 during a burglary that went wrong.
For the local human rights NGO, it is time to « get involved » in the evolution of the investigations. « AfriForum serves as a counterbalance to the state’s failure, and as a human rights defender, it is our duty to prevent the collapse of the criminal justice system, » said Kallie Kriel, head of the department. « AfriForum.
For its part, the police said to conduct the investigation carefully. « The police will do the work. She will get the advice of the prosecutor so that we can move forward so that the case is not withdrawn. This case is particularly moving, « said Bheki Cele, Minister of Security.
And the case is particularly moving, it is this drama of five years ago to the day. This Sunday, October 26, 2014, Senzo Meyiwa decides to spend the evening at his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo, a star of the song, along with five other people.
Four games in a row without conceding a goal
While they savored these beautiful reunions, two men enter the house, while a third stays outside. Both attackers demand phones, which Meyiwa refuses. An attacker then fired point-blank at the captain of Bafana Bafana who died on the spot.
While in South Africa crime is often considered a news item by the sharpest observers, the murder of Meyiwa caused a shockwave in the Rainbow Nation.
« The words can not express the shock the nation feels for this loss, » said Jacob Zuma, then President of the Republic.
Same feeling in the football world. « His family lost him, the club lost him, the country lost him. It’s a national tragedy, « tweeted the management of the Orlando Pirates Football Club.
Born in September 1984, Meyiwa joined the Orlando Pirates Football Club in 2005 as a goalkeeper. The native of Durban is quickly incorporated into the national team. Icing on the cake, he is promoted captain of Bafana Bafana.
This is how he explodes his talent as a goalkeeper in the national team by delivering four consecutive games without conceding a goal. And only God knows what future Meyiwa was promised without tragedy this incident that had taken his life at 30 years.