Rename highway after Meyiwa – NFPYM

FILE PICTURE: Senzo Meyiwa of Orlando Pirates FC. Picture: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images

FILE PICTURE: Senzo Meyiwa of Orlando Pirates FC. Picture: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images

The National Freedom Party Youth Movement on Wednesday called for the Mangosuthu Highway in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, to be renamed after murdered Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain, Senzo Meyiwa.

“As the NFPYM, we humbly request the municipality to honour our fallen hero by renaming Mangosuthu Highway in Umlazi after this national icon,” secretary general Busi Tshabalala said in a statement.

“We are of the view that this will be a befitting honour for this humble human being who was always patriotic in every respect.”

Meyiwa was shot dead in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, while visiting his girlfriend, singer and actress Kelly Khumalo, on Sunday night. The attackers apparently demanded cellphones and money.

On Tuesday, police released identikits of two dreadlocked men with gold teeth believed to be involved in the shooting.

A reward of up R250,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers.

Two people were questioned in connection with the murder but were later released without being charged.

Tshabalala said Meyiwa was an extraordinary young person, who achieved a lot though he was from a dusty township like Umlazi. She said he had proved that no matter where one came from, one could still achieve one’s goals.

Tshabalala said renaming Mangosuthu Highway after Meyiwa would serve as an inspiration to young people to live their dreams.

“He inspired confidence and was a role model to upcoming youth. As young people we looked up to him and he left a legacy that will stay with us for decades to come.

“It is for this reason that as the NFPYM, we feel that the least we can do to remember this young man is to have Mangosuthu Highway renamed after him,” she said.

A memorial service organised by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government will be held at the Durban City Hall on Friday ahead of his funeral on Saturday. Meyiwa will be buried in his hometown of Umlazi, south-west of Durban.


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