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South African president praises police breakthrough in football icon’s murder case


IN an unusual step, South African president has praised the country’s top detectives who made a breakthrough, arresting five suspects in connection with the 2014 murder of national goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.

Heads of of state don’t normally comment on police investigations but Ramaphosa has seen it fit to comment on a major development on a murder case that has gripped South Africa for the past six years.

Meyiwa, the Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper, was murdered in a house in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg. The case went cold, raising the ire of his family, friends and supporters.

(Orlando Pirates players salute Meyiwa – Thousands of people gathered at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, KwaZulu Natal to pay their last respect to the late Orlando Pirates and National Team, Bafana Bafana Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa). PRESIDENT ZUMA DECLARES PROVINCIAL OFFICIAL FUNERALS FOR THE LATE MR MEYIWA AND MR MULAUDZI President Jacob Zuma has declared Provincial Official Funerals for the late exceptional Bafana Bafana Captain Senzo Meyiwa and the Olympic medalist Mr Mbulaheni Mulaudzi. The President has ordered that the National Flag be flown at half-mast in KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo Provinces on Saturday 1 November 2014, the day of the two funerals. 01/10/2014, Elmond Jiyane, DoC President Zuma has assigned the Minister in the Presidency, Mr Jeff Radebe to deliver the eulogy at the funeral of Mr Meyiwa while the Minister of Public Service and Administration, Mr Collins Chabane, will deliver the eulogy at the funeral of Mr Mulaudzi.

South African Police Minister General Bheki Cele announced yesterday – on the sixth anniversary of the murder of the national and continental sports icon – that five suspects had been arrested in Gauteng and Kwa Zulu-Natal.

Cele said the arrests were the result of a multidisciplinary integrated approach to the investigation, with the police working closely with the National Directorate for Public Prosecutions.

Ramaphosa said the breakthrough in the Meyiwa case is attributable to the establishment two years ago by the National Commissioner of Police of a Cold Case Team to reopen unsuccessful investigations.

“Today is a day on which we revisit the sadness that affected millions of us as South Africans when we lost Senzo Meyiwa in 2014.  But this anniversary is mitigated by the arrest of five suspects who have been unable to escape the reach of the law, regardless of the passage of time. We congratulate the police for their hard work and persistence. We must now allow the criminal justice system and the judiciary to do their work and handle this matter to finality,” Ramaphosa said.

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By The African Mirror