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Bafana Bafana Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa died saving girlfriend Kelly Khumalo

Posted: 27 October 2014 Time: 08:24

Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot and killed on Sunday trying to protect his girlfriend during a robbery at her home near Johannesburg, officials said on Monday.

Rest in Peace Senzo

The 27-year-old Orlando Pirates goalkeeper suffered a single shot through the chest during the incident at the home of Kelly Khumalo, a local actress and singer.

“Two guys entered the house and demanded cellphones, money and other valuables,” provincial Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malubane told reporters at the scene.

“Senzo tried to protect Kelly because one of the men had a gun pointed towards her.”

Police said two men entered Khumalo’s house in Vosloorus at about 8pm. A third waited outside the house and all three fled immediately after the shooting.

Meyiwa was declared dead on arrival at hospital, the police added.

South Africa’s national team coach Ephraim Mashaba comforted several of Meyiwa’s teammates who were at the hospital not long after the shooting.

“We can assure all South Africans that we will do all we can to bring Meyiwa's killers (to) book,” the South African Police Service said on its Twitter account. Police are offering a R150,000 reward for information that can lead to an arrest.

The 27-year-old captained South Africa in their last four matches in the African Nations Cup qualifiers without conceding a goal and played on Saturday when his club advanced to the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout.

“This is a sad loss which ever way you look at it – to Senzo’s family, his extended family, Orlando Pirates and to the nation,” Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza said in a statement.

News of the shooting prompted widespread sympathy on social media and condemnation of South Africa’s rampant gun violence.

“How do you kill someone for a cellphone?” tweeted national team mate Tsepo Masilela.

Belgian-based goalkeeper Darren Keet, who had been Meyiwa’s understudy over the last four internationals, tweeted: “When does it STOP South Africa?”

“We are deeply saddened but shouldn’t we be angry too? When is it going to be stopped? Crime won’t stop by itself, we need leadership,” added South Africa’s Premier Soccer League general manager Derek Blanckensee.

More than 17,000 people were murdered in South Africa between April 2013 and March 2014, an increase of about 800 over the previous year, according to police figures.

Article by: Mzansi Football

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posted: 2014-10-27 06:30:32

Rest in peace Senzo. I hope ur killers wil be catched nd face the consequences...damet thiz bastards roped us a very superp talent.

posted: 2014-10-27 06:30:47

RIP Senzo

Bucs Legend
posted: 2014-10-27 06:31:49

We need to take a stand against crime in this country, enough is enough

Top8 is 4 Nincompoops!
posted: 2014-10-27 06:32:13

That nyaope head shot a fatal shot in panic and look now, bliksem!

posted: 2014-10-27 06:32:45

Rest in peace, mfana, whatever way it does`t make sense, senzo did not deserve to die that`s all.

posted: 2014-10-27 06:32:46

Mzanzi has lost an icon. He will be greatly missed especially those crazy celebrations after Bucs scored. RIP Meyiwa

posted: 2014-10-27 06:33:00

So sad

posted: 2014-10-27 06:33:05

Bad news indeed,RIP Senzo 

Ms Itu.Bucs@Mams
posted: 2014-10-27 06:33:28

eish it's a very sad day , Senzo is no more ... i cnt believe this

Ndodemnyama Ovonolicious
posted: 2014-10-27 06:34:18

eish I can't even work, I lack concentration, How could you kill someone for a cellphone? I could have given you my cellphone and spared Senzo's life..nonsense yesidakwa

posted: 2014-10-27 06:34:18

this is absolutely out of hand, Mr Zuma and you colleagues, you MUST do something about this Country or ship out.

I hope those bloody criminals get a hard revenge that they will suffer for the rest of their lifes.

RIP Captain Senzo

posted: 2014-10-27 06:34:19

I think there is more to this story than just a robbery hopefully truth will come out

posted: 2014-10-27 06:36:25

Why this lady's boyfriends suffer. first Jub Jub now Senzo

Apostle Peter
posted: 2014-10-27 06:36:29

RIP KhelokelakabathoKhelokelakamaloba! A great leader, You will be greatly missed!

posted: 2014-10-27 06:37:15

Ht Kelly khumalo is bad news 1st it was Jub jub now is Senzo I dnt know wt thy see in that Whore like Khanyi Mbawu

posted: 2014-10-27 06:37:25

Bring back death sentance and our General Bhekie Cele!!!

RIP Senzo.

posted: 2014-10-27 06:37:27

Eish... Sad News indeed.. RIP

Ganyani AMPLIFIED(BucsBack2theTop )
posted: 2014-10-27 06:37:59

He died protecting mother of his daughter

any caring, loving guy in any day would have done so.

Gold Standard
posted: 2014-10-27 06:39:28

Surely Kelly can identify those suspects if they are apprehended . We need them in our hands. nt the police. We shud teach these morons a hard lesson.

posted: 2014-10-27 06:40:20

Let those scumbags be apprehended and locked away. South Africa doesn't need them. We lost a fantastic player. We could say a lot of things, comparing him with Khune but we all knew that the country was blessed with 2 great goalkeepers who got along very well. The entire nation is at loss. May his soul RIP.

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