Senzo's statue delay explained

SA National Teams

SAFA president Danny Jordaan has explained the delay in the building of the late Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa's statue.

When Meyiwa was murdered in 2014, the football association promised to build a statue to honour their fallen national team captain who played a huge role to help the team qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

Jordaan, speaking at the unveiling of Meyiwa's new tombstone at the Mayville Heroes Acre cemetary in Durban on Tuesday, said the delay was because his late father Sam Meyiwa's wish was that the statue only gets built when his son's killers are found.

View the moment Senzo's new tombstone was unveiled in the gallery above

"I used to talk to Senzo's father and remember originally we wanted to put a statue, a monument, but he was always against it, always against the unveiling of the tombstone," Jordaan said.

"Because in his understanding once you put a tombstone, that means closure and you walk away, and the tombstone stands there as a memory and monument of his life.

"That's why we came here because in this case eventually people were arrested, people appeared in court and in our understanding it is time for closure.

"So we came here to unveil it and we hope the truth will come out, will prevail, and will be established in a court of law so everybody can know what exactly happened to Senzo.

"I've been looking at the development of the case, trying to keep in touch on what is happening. I'm happy that we are in a place where people are in court and we are going back on the 27th of November.

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"We hope further information and revelations will be made publicly and that we fulfil the wish of Senzo Meyiwa's father. He didn't want a tombstone or a statue until what happened to Senzo is known."

With Bafana Bafana playing on Friday in Durban, Meyiwa's hometown, Jordaan hopes it will inspire the players to honour him and win their first qualifier against Sao Tome and Principe.

"We've timed the unveiling with Bafana Bafana playing in Durban, because on the funeral of Senzo we also played here and therefore for closure we had to bring the team to Durban," Jordaan added.

"Being part of the closing ceremony, it serves as inspiration to the players because Senzo when he captained Bafana Bafana told us we will qualify and we did.

"He kept clean sheets and he was the captain of the team, then 11 days after that his life was ended. I hope the boys will be inspired by his dedication."

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