Residents in Vosloorus who spoke to The Citizen, said they were still shocked and wondering why Mbatha was arrested in the first place.
Mbatha was arrested a day after the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was shot and killed during an apparent robbery at the family home of his girlfriend and musician, Kelly Khumalo in Zamo section, Spruitview in Ekurhuleni.
Mojalefa Marema said many people would welcome him back as they did not believe that he was behind Meyiwa’s killing.
Another resident and a close friend to Mbatha, Mzukisi Nqosana accused the police of arresting the wrong suspect.
“Zamo has always been a person who is against crime and in the past four years that I have known him, he never showed any signs of killing someone.
“The police must just go and look for the real suspects,” Nqosana added.
Earlier on Tuesday, Magistrate Daniel Thulare ordered that Mbatha be released from jail with immediate effect as there was no sufficient evidence to trial him.
Here’s what some of Mbatha’s neighbours and friends said about him: