Meyiwa murder: Private investigators to work with police

A private investigator says people hire them because, to a certain extent, police are failing.

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 - Private investigator Christian Botha says people hire private investigators because, to a certain extent, the police are failing in their duties.

Botha told the Money Show about the world and profession of private investigators in light of the murder of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa.

On Tuesday, the Meyiwa family revealed it's asked a team of 10 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 KwaZulu-Natal-based company, Magma Security, will be dispatched to Johannesburg to probe Meyiwa's murder.

The 27-year-old was shot and killed during an alleged robbery at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo's house in Vosloorus on the East Rand on Sunday night.

Video: 'Senzo died in my arms'.

Botha said it's important that crime scene management play a big role in a police officer's duty.

"Training detectives and crime scene training is very important. In many cases when police are the first to arrive at a crime scene they aren't trained in crime scene management. Evidence contaminated at the scene will be thrown out in a court of law."

The private investigator gave the example of former investigating officer assigned to the murder case of Oscar Pistorius, Hiton Botha.

"He went into the crime scene without protective gear and that should not happen," Botha said.

The investigator also stressed the importance of a good relationship between private investigators and the police.

"In most cases private investigators work together with the police, we assist each other and most cases lead to convictions."

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of Magma Security, Shaheen Suleiman, denied that his investigations team will interfere with the police's current work on the Meyiwa case.

Suleiman added that they will be working hand-in-hand with authorities to get answers behind the goalkeeper's death.

Video: 'No evidence of foul play'.

IDENTIKITS OF MEYIWA'S SUSPECTED KILLERS

Identikits of the two men believed to be behind the killing of the soccer star have been released.

The identikits were compiled after officers spoke to Khumalo and other witnesses who were in the house when the incident happened.

The police's Neville Malila said the men are believed to be between the ages of 25 and 29.

In the identikits, the first suspect is described as having a slender build with high cheekbones.

He has dreadlocks and gold in his upper teeth.

He was wearing a brown jacket with a woolen collar and a hat with a checked pattern at the time of the murder.

The second suspect has been described as having a medium brown complexion with dreadlocks and a beard and moustache.

He was wearing a black hooded top at the time of the murder.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Sources close to the investigation say they are hopeful of a breakthrough soon.

Meyiwa's family say his funeral will be held in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.