Cele issues plea over Senzo case
Posted: 11 June 2018 Time: 09:31 am
Police Minister Bheki Cele has appealed for patience from the nation regarding catching Senzo Meyiwa's killer.
The Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain was gunned down at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo's house in Vosloorus in October 2014, with an arrest yet to be made.
Meyiwa's life was commemorated on Saturday with a legends' tournament at Umlazi's King Zwelethini Stadium that was attended by Cele and the likes of Mamelodi Sundowns newcomer Andile Jali, Lucky Lekgwathi, Siyabonga Sangweni, Steve Lekoelea, Joseph Makhanya and Thabo Mooki.
"I still have hope in the end we'll be able to find the killers one day," Cele said after the game.
"I'm happy with what I've seen here [on Saturday] and Senzo's name will have to be maintained.
"It is for the purpose of the up and coming generations to ask who was Senzo and then know that Senzo wasn't only an Orlando Pirates player, but he was a national asset that passed away in such conditions.
"As a nation our conscience should not be diminished and us given the task, we have to be able to get answers of what happened. But all I'm trying to avoid is the pressure that can have an unnecessary impact that will lead us to not doing our job properly, because the day we'll make a statement to the public will be the day where we'll have the answers.
"But what is important is we are not only talking about football but one day we'll come up and answer what happened to Senzo. That continues and the investigation is still in full force.
"The past task team that was already in place [under former minister Fikile Mbalula] just gave us the report and when I looked at the report it wasn't a report I was pleased about. And it is why we have brought in the new team and we hope it will give us something tangible going forward."
The former MEC for Transport, Safety and Security in KwaZulu-Natal said he could not provide a deadline for bringing the matter to rest.
"The task from the team is to break the case, I'm not giving them a timescale.
"Hence I've said earlier we don't want to have pressure that will lead to us being clumsy in our approach.
"We plead to the nation to give us a little space because what we want to achieve here is to get real answers.
"If it takes not a long time to crack it that'll make us happy but if it takes the longest time and we get real answers we need, that'll also make us more satisfied."