Precisely six years after soccer star Senzo Meyiwa was murdered, police have lastly introduced a breakthrough.
Six years after former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot useless in Ekurhuleni, police minister Bheki Cele and nationwide SAPS commissioner Khehla Sithole introduced the arrests of 5 males believed to have been concerned within the killing.
“I’m pleased to announce that there was a breakthrough within the Senzo Meyiwa homicide case.
“The primary 5 suspects have been arrested between eight and 10 this morning in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. These arrests are the results of an built-in strategy to this investigation, which is working carefully with the director of public prosecutions,” mentioned Cele at a media briefing on Monday.
The state was assured that it had a watertight case towards the 5 suspects. Nationwide police commissioner Normal Khehla Sithole mentioned forensic proof had linked the suspects to each the crime scene and homicide weapon.
Cele additional mentioned that the arrests have been the start of a journey in direction of closure for Meyiwa’s household, buddies and hundreds of thousands of South Africans.
Information24 reported on October 20 that the weapon linked to Meyiwa’s homicide had been discovered, and that the person who fired the pictures which killed the soccer star had additionally been recognized by police.
Meyiwa was killed at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s Vosloorus dwelling in October 2014. It was mentioned that Meyiwa was gunned down when unknown thugs invaded the (Khumalo) home with the intention of committing a theft, and that they’d escaped with cellphones.
Police mentioned the arrests have been the results of “tireless” efforts of a four-member chilly case unit. Sithole mentioned the unit was established following a public outcry concerning the standing of police investigations of some chilly circumstances.
Weekend reviews claimed that police are nonetheless investigating whether or not anybody who was in the home on the time of the taking pictures must be charged.
Each Cele and Sithole couldn’t rule out extra arrests.
Since his demise in October 2014, varied theories have circulated about Meyiwa’s homicide. These included that Meyiwa was killed by good friend and music producer Chicco Twala’s son, Longwe Twala, throughout an argument involving Kelly Khumalo’s sister, Zandi Khumalo. Khumalo was believed to have been in a romantic relationship with Twala. These rumours have been continually denied by each Twala and Khumalo.
Police have been criticised following the wrongful arrest of Zamokuhle Mbatha in October 2014. Early final 12 months he mentioned he can be suing the state after he was handcuffed and compelled to spend two weeks behind bars in reference to Meyiwa’s homicide.
On 29 July 2019, Meyiwa’s father Sam handed away.
Cele lauded the efforts of the chilly case unit in effecting the arrests, including that the unit had inherited 100 circumstances and made 40 arrests. DM