Senzo Meyiwa murder: Close friend Siyabonga Sangweni still hurting


On this day in 2014, South Africa woke up to the tragic news that former Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa had been gunned down in Vosloorus.

Meyiwa was murdered while visiting his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo at her home in the East Rand on 26 October 2014.

It is now exactly six years since 'Ndzori' was shot dead but still not a single person has been arrested for the cold-blooded murder that sent the whole country into grief.

His father Sam Meyiwa also passed away a few years ago without seeing any justice being done for the murder of his son and former Bafana Bafana captain.

However City Press reported on Sunday that police have made a breakthrough in the case after allegedly discovering the weapon that was used to kill the KwaZulu-Natal-born goalkeeper.

According to the Sunday newspaper, five men have been linked to the murder which is now believed to have been a hit and not a botched robbery as was first reported.

Former Pirates defender Siyabonga Sangweni is close to tears as he recalls the day his close friend and teammate was killed in Johannesburg.

"Eish my brother, you have just reminded me. It's painful... it's still hurting," Sangweni opens up to

"Siphilile sisonke kakhulu [we spent a lot of time together]... it pains me a lot. I just don't know what to say. He was more than a friend. He was a brother. It's like we were born from the same mother."

'Ndzori' was well known for his sense of humour amongst his colleagues in football and those he met outside the beautiful game, as well as a great character in the Bucs dressing room and national team camp.

"He was a great. He enjoyed cracking jokes and there was always laughter whenever he was around," adds Sangweni, who shared many great moments with Meyiwa both on and off the field.

"You would hardly find him angry and even if something had happened to him, he would get over it quickly."

Meyiwa's family is still seeking closure about the death of their son and the general public are also still asking questions about what really happened in that house in Vosloorus.

SAPS have called a press conference for today during which it is expected more details will be shared regarding progress in the murder investigation.