Mabena – who is now on the books of Platinum Stars – says he was shattered beyond words after hearing the sad news of Meyiwa’s death.
The Pirates goalkeeper was shot and killed this past Sunday while at the home of his girlfriend, singer Kelly Khumalo on Gauteng's East Rand.
Meyiwa – who was also the Bafana Bafana skipper – will be buried in Umlazi on Saturday.
Like many who have painted a glowing picture of Meyiwa’s character, Mabena described his former teammate as a humble and approachable man.
“Senzo was a humble gentleman, a brother and someone you could rely on,” Mabena says.
“I remember my days at Pirates when I first met him, he was always there to offer me guidance, and not only in the football field but personally.
“With the five years that I have played with him, I learnt respect, and that being humble will bring success to one in life.”
Mabena reveals that Meyiwa always urged him to work hard for a regular place in the Pirates team.
“I was blessed to meet Senzo and play with him in the same club as he encouraged me to work hard in this field where one succeeds by being patient. It is indeed a very big loss for the nation and Orlando Pirates family.
“He taught me the culture at Pirates, and made me feel welcome. Meyiwa will be missed for his friendliness, and brotherly attitude he possessed. At that young age he had already achieved so much and his future was to shine, pity that is not going to happen anymore.
“May the good Lord bless his family and strengthen them in this difficult time.
“Senzo Robert 'Casillas' Meyiwa, my brother, may your soul rest in peace and you will always be loved,” says an emotional Mabena.