Mhlongo ready to pay his respects


Mhlongo is currently on the books of Polokwane City and was quoted in various media reports expressing unhappiness when the League’s governing body announced on Monday that they will only move the Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates.

Known as ‘Mayanga’, the Alexandra-born midfielder previously told the media that he would like to go to Umlazi and pay his last respects to his former goalkeeper.

Nevertheless, the PSL has announced the postponement of the matches and Mhlongo says he is definitely going to Durban on Friday.

“I’m happy that the PSL has moved the games you know, it’s something very important for us to go there,” says Mhlongo.

“I think it’s befitting for us to go to Umlazi, unite, grieve, mourn and pay our last respects to Senzo.

“As black people, it’s our culture to be there a day or two before the funeral – we knew Senzo, played with him and he was a brother.

“It’s only fair for us to be there and this was not just about his immediate teammates at Pirates – he was a friend to everyone in football.”

Meyiwa will be buried in his hometown of Umlazi on Saturday.