Teammates want privacy to mourn Senzo

As the nation continues to mourn, tributes from around the world continue to pour in.

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

JOHANNESBURG - While the nation continues to celebrate the legacy of Bafana Bafana Captain Senzo Meyiwa, and mourn his death, former teammates have shied away from the spotlight as they deal with the pain of his loss.

The national team captain and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper was murdered during a botched house robbery on Sunday night, while visiting his girlfriend and mother of his daughter, Kelly Khumalo, at her East Rand home.

Police say there were seven people in the house at the time of the shooting, including two robbers, Meyiwa, Khumalo and some of her relatives.

In Buccleuch, at the house Meyiwa called home and shared with his wife, Mandisa, the usually quiet street was the centre of activity as famous football stars made their appearance at the complex to pay their respects.

Most of the sportsmen sped off in their vehicles as soon as they saw media who gathered outside the complex and asked for their privacy as they deal with the football star's death.

A man who works in the complex described Meyiwa as friendly and someone who remained humble irrespective of his achievements on the soccer field.

"He is a very good guy. Every time he comes back from a game, he asks what I think of the way he played and I say, no that was a good save."

Some neighbours also refused to speak about his death, saying they are too emotional.

Back at Khumalo's house young soccer fans were among those who gathered yesterday throughout the day as they learned of the soccer star's death.

Many said they're were devastated and have described him as one of the giants of South African football.

One young boy said he was the reason that he supported Orlando Pirates.

"We not going to have the best Derby's anymore, it's going to be sad for all of us," said another.

Police are still speaking to people who were in Khumalo's house at the time of the shooting.

A reward of R250,000 has been offered for information leading to those responsible for the murder.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega says officers are busy with identikits.

"The police forensic experts are in the process of interviewing witness to assist in facial compilation of the suspects. As soon as that is available it will be released to the media."