South Africa

News24.com | Meyiwa's family hopeful after arrests: 'We have been waiting for this day for 6 years'

Slain Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.

Slain Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.

Six years after his alleged murder, the family of former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa is overjoyed by developments in police investigations - although they can never bring back their son. 

Police Minister Bheki Cele announced on Monday that five arrests were made.

The minister was briefing the nation alongside national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole, where he said:

"The SAPS and NPA (National Prosecuting Authority) are confident that we have a watertight case against all five suspects. At this point, we cannot reveal any further information as investigations are still ongoing and more arrests cannot be ruled out."

Among those arrested is the individual believed to have pulled the trigger.

Meyiwa's death was shot dead in the Vosloorus home of his girlfriend, actress and musician Kelly Khumalo, on 26 October 2014 - exactly six years ago.

Senzo's brother, Siyabonga, said: "We have been waiting for this day for over six years exactly today that the perpetrators of this crime will be brought to book.

"We would have loved to have celebrated this in ubaba's [father] presence as well. Unfortunately, he passed on and he was a very bitter man because nothing had happened but we are still grateful that something eventually has happened."

Siyabonga told News24 although the family had lost hope they knew justice would eventually prevail. 

More coherence

Senzo's mother was also elated by the news, although she was unfortunately unable to speak to the media at this point, he added. 

Siyabonga said there were, however, a couple of outstanding issues, including the payment of monies to Senzo's children. 

EXCLUSIVE | Police find Senzo Meyiwa murder weapon

He added the family was confident the authorities were on the right track. 

"It seems like all the forces are working together. Even before, we knew that there was an imminent arrest then all of a sudden police found someone else. I think now there is a bit more coherence between SAPS and the National Prosecuting Authority.

"Obviously, if you are going to pull a big fish, it's not easy and it sound like they have been pulling big fish out of this." 

READ | Agrizzi's lawyers say he should be released on bail because of poor health

The arrested suspects are expected to appear in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday and the family is expected to be in attendance. 

Siyabonga said there would also be a briefing by AfriForum in which Meyiwa's other brother, Sifiso, would be present. 

Weapon

Cele is also expected to meet with family representatives.

Siyabonga said there were many positives in the matter, including Safa erecting a tombstone, which had also brought happiness to the family. 

Three of those who were arrested may not have been in the house where Meyiwa was killed, Sitole added, saying different investigation tactics had to be used and a cold case analysis had to be conducted.

Sitole also announced the weapon, which was used on the day, had been found and police have connected it to the scene. 

Football news:

Tuchel after 2:2 with Bordeaux: I always protect the players, but I refuse to do this. You can't play matches of this level
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Any decision I make is for the good of Manchester United. The main thing is the result
Mourinho on Tottenham: We don't have the same conditions as some clubs. They create a crazy market
Hazard was injured for the 8th time in 16 months at Real Madrid. He had 12 injuries in 7 years at Chelsea
Frank Lampard: Abramovich is a man who achieves his goals. Without this, it is impossible to achieve his position
Marcelo was actually grabbed by the hair. Clear penalty. Ex-referee Iturralde Gonzalez on the controversial episode in the match of Real Madrid
Gasperini on Atalanta's defeat: the Players are tired. We pay more for national team games than for the Champions League