It is now nearly 18 months since iconic Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was gunned down in his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s mother’s home in Vosloorus, yet the case which stunned this soccer-loving nation, looks no closer to being solved.
We are told the Hawks have new leads on the three assailants who reportedly fled after the gunshots rang out, but no concrete evidence has been produced to help lift the veil of yawning sadness left behind.
Meyiwa’s children will benefit from a trust established to administer the R2 million insurance payout and, while it is not an unsubstantial sum, it still tragically leaves his offspring without a father. It is perhaps unjust to point fingers at the investigators trying to unravel the reasons for Meyiwa’s death, but his family – and the broader South African public – are becoming frustrated by what looks like a case locked in interminable inertia.
Irvin Khoza, chairperson of both the Premier Soccer League and Orlando Pirates, succinctly encapsulated the growing frustration at the announcement of the trust: “What is important for me is that the murder of Senzo must be solved.
“It is very important that a man of such high profile, a national team captain, a goalkeeper of Orlando Pirates … if his murder cannot be solved, how much for the man in obscurity?”
Khoza’s comments raised a particularly telling point about a society in which many believe violent death is already spiralling insanely out of control and the ordinary man and woman on the street have long lost faith in – and indeed, respect for – the officers tasked with effecting law enforcement.
A timely solution to the seemingly senseless murder of Meyiwa might, just might, result in some of that faith and respect being restored.