Senzo Meyiwa's father wants explanation from killers

Sam Meyiwa is appealing to his son's killers to come forward and explain why they took Senzo's life.

Senzo Meyiwa. Picture: EPA/Barry Aldworth

UMLAZI - The father of slain Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa has spoken of his grief and heartbreak in the wake of his sons murder.

Sam Meyiwa appealed to his killers to come forward and explain why they took Senzo's life.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper was shot and killed by armed men at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo's house in Vosloorus on the East Rand on Sunday night.

Sam told journalists gathered outside his KwaZulu Natal home yesterday, the bullet that claimed his son's life has also killed a part of him.

"There will be no more Senzo. These people must face the consequences. I wish they can give them life sentence. I lost my son. I won't get another Senzo. They broke my heart and I don't know what I'll do."

He's appealed to police to find his son's murderers, saying he'd like to talk to them personally and ask them why they killed Meyiwa.

Meyiwa's mother, Nthombifuthi, was briefly admitted to hospital for observation, but returned to her Umlazi home yesterday afternoon.

Residents in the area are also still batting to come to terms with the loss of the Orlando Pirates player.

School children making their way to class this morning passed the soccer star's house with footballs in their hands.

It's evident he was idolised in the community and many youngsters wanted to follow in his footsteps.

As the news of his death spread yesterday, people wearing Orlando Pirates soccer jerseys danced and sang songs of praise outside Meyiwa's house in his honor.

As is customary in Zulu tradition, people are expected to converge on the family home to pay their respects.

Some have already started making their way to the house as a deep mood of sadness lingers in the air.

A few neighbours have walked through the gate and have exchanged comforting words with relatives inside.

People walking by can be heard lamenting Meyiwa's loss, many sounding appalled at the senselessness of his murder.

Police say a reward of R250,000 has been offered for any information that could lead to an arrest.

The top brass of the country's investigation team says they are hopeful to make an arrest soon.