R250,000 reward for info on Meyiwa's killers

Riah Phiyega said a multi-disciplinary task team will investigated Senzo Meyiwa's murder.

FILE: South African soccer team captain Senzo Meyiwa during a club soccer match in Johannesburg in 2013. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega says a R250,000 reward is on offer for anyone who comes forward with information that will lead to the arrests of two suspects following the murder of Senzo Meyiwa.

Meyiwa was murdered last night in Vosloorus at the home of his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo.

Police say he was shot in the back, apparently while trying to protect her during a house robbery.

It's understood he was shot three times and rushed to hospital but declared dead on arrival.

Speaking at a press briefing a short while ago, Phiyega said a multi-disciplinary task team will investigate the case.

The national police commissioner said police were looking for two suspects, one who is believed to be in his late 20s and one in his early 30s.

She said the one suspect is tall, slender and dark with dreadlocks while the other is short, dark and well-built.

Phiyega also confirmed that just one cellphone was stolen during the apparent house robbery and that it did not belong to the soccer star.

Crime intelligence has been asked for assistance in terms of tracking the stolen cellphone.

SA HAS LOST ONE OF ITS BRIGHTEST STARS

Meanwhile, Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairperson Irvin Khoza says the country has lost one of its brightest stars in a senseless killing.

An emotional Khoza was speaking at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg earlier today flanked by the entire Orlando Pirates squad and Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba.

For some, the gravity of the situation appeared too much to handle as they broke down during the press conference before being comforted by those around them.

Khoza spoke about a counselling session held this morning to help the players cope with their grief, saying Meyiwa's former teammates are simply devastated.

"It's difficult for me as the chairman to manage the situation because we were all too close to Senzo Meyiwa. There was a lot of sobbing and crying - it was uncontrollable."

The PSL boss also called for urgent arrests to be made in connection with the crime.

The South African Football Association (Safa) and the PSL have agreed to cancel this weekend's highly anticipated Soweto Derby out of respect for Meyiwa.

At the same time, Safa has announced the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan next month will be played in honour of the slain goalkeeper and captain.

Safa CEO Dennis Mumble says the late goalkeeper will be the inspiration for the team's game on 15 November in Nelspruit.

"The logical thing that we can and must do is that the next Bafana Bafana match is played in his memory. We are going to Mbombela and that match must be played in his memory. It's the least that we can do."

President Jacob Zuma has also expressed shock, sadness and outrage at Meyiwa's death .

"We mourn the death of this young footballer and team leader whose life has been taken away at the prime of his career. The law enforcement authorities must leave no stone unturned in finding his killers and bring them to justice. Words cannot express the nation's shock at this loss. We wish to extend, on behalf of government and all the people of South Africa, our words of condolence to his family and relatives, his friends and peers in the football game, his club Orlando Pirates and our national soccer team as well as the football fraternity as a whole. May his soul rest in peace."

'NO INDICATIONS OF A HIT'

Phiyega says while investigations are still ongoing in the murder case, there are no indications that it was a hit.

At the briefing, head of Gauteng detectives, Norman Taioe, said the preliminary investigations don't lead to any foul play.

Meyiwa leaves his estranged wife, Mandisa and his four children, one of whom he had with Khumalo.

POLICE COMBING THE SCENE

Meanwhile, a team of top police investigators are still combing the crime scene at the singer's house.

Police cordoned off the area early this morning, and have been taking crime scene pictures inside and outside her house.

Khumalo has left her home again, it's understood she's at the police station giving more details of what transpired last night.

Ballistics expert Chris Mangena, who testified on behalf of the state during the Oscar Pistorius trial, is also there collecting and analysing evidence.

Neighbours meanwhile, say they remain disturbed about the shooting, with many having heard the gunshot that killed Miyewa.

They say the sense of safety has been shattered and want police to find and arrest the perpetrators.