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Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa shot dead

Police say the goalkeeper was shot and killed in Vosloorus on Sunday night.

Bafana Bafana & Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead on 26 October 2014. Picture: Official Senzo Meyiwa Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - Police have confirmed that Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead in the Zamo section of Vosloorus on Sunday at 8pm.

Police say there were seven people inside singer Kelly Khumalo's home where the shooting occurred.

Two suspects entered while one waited outside.

The Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain was shot in the back while trying to protect Khumalo during an altercation with two of the suspects.

Police say neighbours had heard three shots and all three men had fled the scene on foot.

Meyiwa was declared dead on arrival at a hospital on the East Rand.

At the hospital, some Orlando Pirates players who had gathered were in tears.

Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba was there to comfort the traumatised players.

Meanwhile, outside the house, a steady stream of people have been moving in and out to pay their respects and meet Khumalo

#SenzoMeyiwa the scene where Meyiwa was shot dead. VM pic.twitter.com/etRpi2I4eH

#SenzoMeyiwa Meyiwa's car is still parked outside the scene of the shooting.VM pic.twitter.com/UUTmTVCVAQ

Police say the will do all they can to bring Meyiwa's killers to book and have announced that a reward of R150,000 will be given for any information leading to the arrest of the men.

REACTION

Orlando Pirates chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza, said in a statement via the club's website, "This is a sad loss whichever way you look at it - to Senzo's family, his extended family, Orlando Pirates and to the nation."

Meyiwa's agent Mike Makaab said, "It's an absolute tragedy. I've known him since he was 13-years-old. My deepest sympathies to his family."

It did not take long before the news of Meyiwa's tragic passing spread via social media.

TRAGEDY!!!!R.I.P. Senzo Meyiwa. My condolences to his family&friends. #crazyworld #cantbelieveit pic.twitter.com/13WxdiOHeH

Can't believe what I'm reading.. 7 years we spent together in the Pirates development! The funniest, loudest most enthusiastic person 1/2

...I've ever had the honour of sharing a change room with! He will be missed by everyone who ever came into contact with him.. RIP Senzo 2/2

Devasted to hear the news about Senzo...Pirates and SA No1 goalkeeper...our thoughts are with your family...THANK YOU TRUE BUCCANEER!!

Deeply saddening to hear this news about our captain and friend @SenzoMey1. He will be missed, but never forgotten. pic.twitter.com/M0AzN5hPtl

Very sad to hear the tragic news about Senzo Meyiwa. A top man on and off the field of play. He will be sadly missed. Condolences to family.

Unbelievably shocked to hear about Senzo . May his soul rest in peace #RIP #salute

R.I.P #SenzoMeyiwa #BafanaBafana #SouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/9ijWSMdc03

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh no man. RIP !!!!!! #SenzoMeyiwa

The tributes have come from Accra, to Tunis, from Cairo to London...he really was a hero. The world mourns #SenzoMeyiwa

A FLOURISHING CAREER

Meyiwa was born on 24 September 1987 in Umlazi, Durban.

He began his career at London Cosmos before moving to Pirates in 2002, but only made his professional debut in 2005.

The Buccaneer captain had made 73 appearances for the team and was part of the squad that twice won the treble after the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons.

Meyiwa had recently captained Bafana in all four of their 2015 African Cup of Nations qualification fixtures.

While his career was flourishing, his personal life began dominating headlines after a high-profile affair with Khumalo.

Meyiwa's last game for Pirates was Saturday's Telkom Knockout 4-1 win over Ajax Cape Town.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2014: Nedbank Cup Champion.

2013/14: Africa Champions League runner up.

2010/11: ABSA Premiership winner, Nedbank Cup winner and MTN8 Cup winner

2011/12: ABSA Premiership winner, MTN8 winner and Telkom Cup winner.

2008/09: Telkom Charity Cup winner, SAA Supa 8 runner-up, Jet Club PSL Rookie of the Month, Telkom Charity Cup runner-up and Vodacom Challenge runner-up.

2005/6: PSL runner-up and Vodacom Challenge winner.

National level: Captained senior team. Played for South Africa U23, U20 and U17.

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