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Kelly Khumalo assists police in identifying Meyiwa's killers

Senzo Meyiwa was shot and killed last night during an apparent botched robbery.

A teary eyed Kelly Khumalo, Senzo Meyiwa's girlfriend, arrives at her home a day after the soccer star's tragic shooting. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Singer Kelly Khumalo is helping police prepare an identikit for two of the suspects who shot and killed Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa.

Meyiwa was shot in the back last night at Khumalo's Vosloorus home.

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

The perpetrators fled with only one cellphone.

The tearful singer left her home in Meyiwa's BMW early this morning.

Video: 'Senzo Meyiwa my number 1 fan'.

She returned a few hours later, clutching her baby, who she dropped off with a neighbour across the road.

Khumalo's eyes were swollen and her relatives sobbed beside her before she went into the house and closed the door.

A woman, who heard the gunshot last night, says it's been difficult for everyone living on the street.

"We heard a loud bang and we thought it was a tyre bursting, later on we heard other neighbours saying a goalkeeper was shot in Khumalo's house. We are scared."

Khumalo went with police to the local station this afternoon to help them prepare an identikit of the suspects.

Police say there's no reason for them not to believe her story and say they are treating the matter as a botched house robbery.

Earlier, the late captain's friend told reporters that Meyiwa died in his arms, but soon became overwhelmed with emotion and retreated back into the house.

This weekend's Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates - the club Meyiwa joined as a 13-year-old and ended up leading - was postponed as a mark of respect. The derby is usually played in front of 90,000 fans.

Meyiwa captained South Africa in their last four matches in the African Nations Cup qualifiers without conceding a goal and played on Saturday when Pirates advanced to the semi-finals of the South African League Cup.

His death has highlighted the problem of gun violence in South Africa only days after Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was jailed for five years for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.

Details of the soccer star's funeral are yet to be released.

Video: 'Meyiwa died in my arms'.

MANHUNT FOR SUSPECTS

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega has asked the police's Crime Intelligence Unit to help track down the men who killed the Pirates goalkeeper by tracing the cellphone stolen from the scene.

Acting provincial commissioner Tebello Mosikili says the unit will help track down the stolen cellphone.

Police say the phone did not belong to the soccer star.

Phiyega also asked for help from the community.

"We believe that someone somewhere knows something and we appeal to that person to come forward."

The national police commissioner has offered a reward of R250,000 for anyone with information on the murder.

Police have also rejected rumours that Meyiwa was murdered because of a highly publicised love triangle involving his wife Mandisa and his girlfriend.

MEYIWA'S FATHER BREAKS DOWN

The soccer star's father has called for officers to catch his son's killers, saying he wants them in jail.

Sam Meyiwa spoke outside his family's home in Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal earlier saying he wants to ask the men who shot his son why they killed the soccer star.

Video: Our hero is no more.

Sam says it feels like they killed him and is heartbroken.

Journalist from The Witness newspaper, Rowan Philip, is in Umlazi.

"He was visibly wracked with sorrow, weeping openly and being comforted by his nephew. He said he would welcome life sentences for the perpetrators."

SPORTS FRATERNITY CONTINUES TO EXPRESS SHOCK

High-profile members of the sports fraternity have today expressed their shock and sadness.

The heads of the South African Football Association, the Premier Soccer League as well as Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula offered their condolences at two separate press conferences today.

Bafana bafana Coach Shakes Mashaba, who was overcome by emotion, said Meyiwa was always so positive in life.

"He would never complain. The best thing about him was the sparkle in his eyes and his smile, he would always smile."

Mbalula said the captain and goalkeeper's memory will never be forgotten.

"We are saddened and there are no words that can describe how we feel as a nation and dare I say that there is no grave big enough to bury the African giant."

Safa president Danny Jordaan says the public must take a stand against baseless acts of crime.

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