Change of plans for Senzo's statue

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SAFA president Danny Jordaan has provided an update on his earlier promise to erect a statue of slain Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.

Meyiwa was gunned down in the East Rand during the height of his football career in 2014, with his death sending shockwaves around the country.

Nearly five years later Meyiwa’s father Sam, who had been advocating for justice for his late son, also passed on and the perpetrators have still not been brought to book.

Scroll through the photos above for memories from Senzo's 2014 memorial service

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Meanwhile, after vowing to erect a statue outside SAFA headquarters in Soweto from seized firearms forming part of the ‘Senzo Meyiwa Gun Campaign’ – which was launched shortly after his death – Jordaan has now revealed a change in plans.

“I think that is a difficult issue because, at the time when the father was there, he said that we had hoped that this matter would be resolved, and we would know who the perpetrators are,” said Jordaan on Monday, ahead of this year’s Nelson Mandela Challenge.

“Now, of course, that matter has not been resolved and when his father died, we did ask our member in KwaZulu-Natal to go to the family and talk to them about this issue.

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“He then discussed with them and they said, look, we should rather put a tombstone on the grave [of Sam Meyiwa] because we don’t want to continue with the idea of a statue when the father’s pain and the matter was not resolved.

“Of course, I think all of us had hoped that the matter would have been concluded by now. It has not, and unfortunately the father died.

“So now we’ll have to look at the tombstone, and I asked them again to go back to conclude the matter with the family, and hopefully bring closure, but for him closure was clearly not that there was a statue but a resolution of the perpetrators of the crime.

“I don’t know where we are with that matter, perhaps you can get an update.”

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