South African soccer captain shot dead only hours after playing for his club


“A sad loss whichever way you look at it — to Senzo’s family, his extended family, Orlando Pirates and to the nation”, is what the club officials could only say after hearing the news of the slain of Orlando Pirates and South African soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa. The goalkeeper was shot and killed late Sunday night in the Vosloorus township near Johannesburg, according to information posted on the South African Police Service’s Twitter account.

Orlando Pirates, the club Meyiwa played for, said on its website: “The Orlando Pirates Football Club family has learned with sadness about the untimely death of our number one goalkeeper and current captain Senzo Meyiwa.”

According to the South African Police Service (SAPS), the event took place at around 8 pm local time. The police also said that there were seven people inside the house, including Meyiwa, when two suspects entered and another remained outside. However, they did not comment on some media reports that the shooting was sparked by a row over a mobile phone. SAPS said on its Twitter feed, “We can confirm that Bucs (Pirates) goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has been shot and sadly declared dead on arrival at hospital.” A reward of up to R150,000 ($A15,500) is being offered for any information that can lead to arrests.

For the record, Meyiwa played for his club in Soweto on Saturday only and has been in outstanding form for the national team during recent 2015 Africa Cup qualifiers. Ministry of Sports and Recreation have expressed their grief on this incident. Here is what they said on Twitter.

The death of the national football team captain is the second tragedy to hit South African sport within three days after former world 800 metre athletics champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi died Friday in a car crash.