'No reason to suspect Meyiwa's murder was a hit'

Police say they are treating Senzo Meyiwa's murder as a botched house robbery.

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega at a briefing following the fatal shooting of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa in Johannesburg on 27 October 2014. Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - As the country's top detectives investigate the murder of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega says at this stage, there's no reason to suspect his killing was a hit.

Meyiwa was shot in the back last night at Vosloorus at the home of his girlfriend, singer Kelly Khumalo.

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

Speculation has been doing the rounds among South Africans that Meyiwa might have been killed because of the publicised love triangle involving his wife Mandisa and Khumalo.

Phiyega held a press briefing at the provincial police headquarters in Parktown earlier this afternoon where she dismissed rumours of a love triangle gone wrong.

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

"We don't have evidence that suggests a love triangle or a hit. We are investigating all angles."

Police say they are treating the matter as a botched house robbery.

Khumalo has been questioned about the incident and officers say they believe her version of what led to the murder of one of South Africa's most popular and charismatic soccer stars.

Phiyega has offered a R250,000 reward to anyone with information that will lead to the arrests of those responsible.

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.

At the same time, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says the quarter of a million rand reward being offered by police for information on the murder could help in the hunt for Meyiwa's killers.

The ISS's Johan Burger said, "You need some sort of incentive to get people to come forward with that information."


Police cordoned off the area early this morning and have been taking crime scene pictures inside and outside Khumalo's house

Video: 'Senzo Meyiwa my number 1 fan'.

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

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

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


Family and friends have started gathering at Meyiwa's family home in Umlazi.

Hymns are being sung as elderly relatives begin to mourn the Bafana captain.

As the neighbourhood joins the family in grief, one of Meyiwa's brothers has asked for privacy for the family.

Reporter Rowan Phillip from The Witness newspaper is at the family home in Umlazi.

"It's a sad scene, every 20 minutes we have friends and family coming in."

Video: 'Senzo died in my arms'.


Friends and relatives of the Pirates captain have started gathering at his home in Johannesburg.

Fellow Buccaneers players have also gone to the goalkeeper's home in Buccleuch to pay their respects.

A gardener, working at the complex which Meyiwa once called home, says he was a humble man who always had a smile on his face.

"He would always give me money to buy cold drinks. The last time I saw him he called me to give me cold drink money."

Pirates player Happy Jele has also entered the complex in a black sponsored vehicle bearing his name.


Meyiwa's death has again thrown the global spotlight on the high murder rate in South Africa.

Official statistics have shown a serious increase in aggravated house robberies resulting in the death of victims, and the ISS's Burger says this is a major concern.

"It has to be a celebrity for us to pay attention to the high number of murders in this country."

Phiyega has a fine balancing act to manage.

The national police commissioner needs to assure the world her officers are doing everything to bring Meyiwa's killers to book without creating the perception that this case is getting preferential treatment.