RIP Senzo Meyiwa
I had just knocked off from work on Sunday evening. I arrived home and was catching up on chatting with friends on social media. I was scanning through Facebook when I saw the status update of a friend: ' Senzo Meyiwa shot dead'. My immediate response was to check on Twitter, and it took 30 seconds for the news to start rolling in.
When I saw sports journalists and those in sporting fraternities were tweeting #RIPSenzoMeyiwa, I knew it was true. The news spread like wildfire.
It's incredible how fast news travels through social media, how one tweet, then a retweet, can alert the nation to information.
I didn't know Meyiwa personally. I had never met him but his death touched me. I am devastated and my heart is heavy. I kept hoping that someone had made a mistake and that the news would be retracted or corrected. It's so easy to forget that no one is immune to death.
Former President Nelson Mandela once said, "What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It's the difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."
Meyiwa made a difference in the lives of not just soccer fans, but to all those who had met him or seen him in action. One could see this by the massive response on social media to his death. As a soccer fan, his death is a loss to all lovers of the beautiful game, regardless of which team you support. That is the beauty of soccer, it brings people together, like a family.
I will always remember how Meyiwa would celebrate when his team Orlando Pirates won, how he would dance, clap and hug his team mates.
Pirates will never be the same without him. South Africa has lost a talented sportsman. My deepest condolences go to his family, his friends and team mates.
"Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace." Nelson Mandela.
Lala kahle Senzo Meyiwa. Gone too soon.
Refilwe Pitjeng is an Eyewitness News online producer based in Johannesburg.
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