Breakthrough in Meyiwa murder, six years later.
26 October 2020
PRETORIA – South Africa police Minister, Bheki Cele and National Commissioner General Sitole announced on Monday that the South African Police Services (SAPS) had made a breakthrough in the Senzo Meyiwa murder case. Cele said five suspects were in custody.
The first five suspects have been arrested between 8am and 10 am this morning in Gauteng and Kwa Zulu-Natal,” Cele said.
One of the suspects is allegedly responsible for pulling the trigger.
Of the five suspects, three were not in the house when the shooting took place said the Minister.
Senzo Meyiwa was Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain. He was shot dead on 26 October 2014 in Vosloorus in Ekurhuleni at his then girlfriends’ house, singer Kelly Khumalo. It is reported that there were seven people in the house when the shooting took place.
The Police Minister stressed that leaks compromised and jeopardized the investigation.
“We really condemn these leaks and strongly believe that information may have been leaked in an attempt to derail the investigations. This is why moving forward; the investigation team will be considering opening a case or cases of defeating the ends of justice to ensure such leaks never occur again”.
A cold case team was established by the National Commissioner to resolve various criminal cases which had not been successfully investigated. One of the murder cases assigned to the cold case unit was that of Senzo Mewiya.
Cele said the unit was able to gather sufficient intelligence, information and evidence and this led to the breakthrough in the Senzo Meyiwa murder case.
“The South African Police Service and the prosecution team are confident that we have a water- tight case against all five suspects”.
Sitole said the police may still make more arrests in connection with the case. The arrested suspects are due to appear in court tomorrow. Furthermore the police minister also confirmed that the murder weapon was recovered and ballistic evidence was used to match the weapon to the crime.