Police 'closing in' on Meyiwa's killers

Police say they believe they are close to catching the soccer star's killers.

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

JOHANNESBURG - As a team of private detectives prepares to launch their own investigation into Senzo Meyiwa's murder, police say they believe they're close to catching the Bafana Bafana captain's killers.

The police's Neville Malila says the police are making good progress.

Authorities today released identikits of two of the men they're hunting for and have appealed to members of the community to come forward with information on them.

Malila says the men are believed to be between the ages of 25 and 29-years-old.

Police say they are investigating all tip-offs and information they receive on Meyiwa's murder, including claims being made on social media that there may have been more to his death.

A claim has been circulating on Facebook that the Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain was shot when he tried to intervene in a fight between his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo's sister, Zandile and her boyfriend.

The goalkeeper was shot and killed at Khumalo's house in Vosloorus on the East Rand on Sunday night.

The man who initially posted the claim says his account was hacked and he'll issue a statement later today.

Police have confirmed they're investigating the claims on Facebook and also say they received an anonymous call to Crimestop in which the same allegations were made.

Acting provincial commissioner Tebello Mosikili is heading the team probing Meyiwa's murder.

Video: 'No evidence of foul play'.

She says while there's no evidence to back up the claims at this stage, officers are investigating every aspect of the case.

"We received a call regarding the fighting in the house and the task team will look into that."

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has also ordered the Crime Intelligence Unit to help track down a cellphone stolen during the incident, which officers hope can help them track down those responsible for the murder.

No arrests have been made but a R250,000 reward is being offered for any information.

At the same time, the Meyiwa family has asked private investigators to conduct their own investigation, saying they want answers about the circumstances surrounding the football star's murder.

A team of 10 private investigators from a KwaZulu-Natal-based company will be dispatched to Johannesburg to probe his death.

The team of investigators says they won't interfere with the police's probe.


Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula has offered his support and condolences to Meyiwa's family.

Mbalula, Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba and footballers Itumeleng Khune and Lucky Lekgwathi have arrived at Meyiwa's family home in Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal to pay their respects to the family of the murdered football star.

Mbalula made a low-key entrance, waving once to the crowd before entering the family home.

He said he came to pay his respects to the family.

"We have expressed our condolences and we carry messages from South Africans and others around the world."

The sports minister said Meyiwa's death was cut short in its prime and that the country should not rest until his murderers are apprehended.

Several of the captain's football friends appeared sombre as they walked into his family's home.

Mashaba looked devastated as did long-time friend and goalkeeping counterpart Khune.

Meyiwa will be laid to rest on Saturday. The service will take place at the King-Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi.

Video: 'Meyiwa died in my arms'.