Meyiwa death: Questioned men not linked to crime

Police say two men who were questioned do not have any links to the crime.

FILE: Police are yet to make any arrests in connection with the murder of soccer star Senzo Meyiwa. Picture: Official Orlando Pirates Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police say two people questioned for the killing of Orlando Pirates Captain Senzo Meyiwa have not been linked to the murder.

Meyiwa was shot and killed at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo's home in Vosloorus on Gauteng's East Rand on Sunday evening.

It's understood two men entered Khumalo's house, and it was during an altercation that the Bafana Bafana Captain was shot.

A third suspect apparently waited outside.

He was rushed to hospital where he later died.

National Police Comissioner Riah Phiyega announced shortly after the incident that Gauteng's top investigative team would be placed on the case.

Identikits of two suspects were released yesterday afternoon and police say they have received a massive response.

The police's Neville Malila says although two people were questioned, they have no links to the crime.

One of the men presented himself to police after seeing the identikits on Facebook, which apparently strongly resembled him while the other was brought forward.

"After intensive questioning by the investigative team, we were satisfied that both men cannot be linked to the crime."

Malila says questioning people is a normal part of the investigative process.

"It's the investigators job to question people. At no stage was anyone arrested or taken into custody," he said.

He said the hunt for the suspects was still continuing and urged the community to assist with any information that could lead to an arrest.


During a visit to Meyiwa's family home in KwaZulu-Natal, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula described the soccer star as one of the country's great leaders whose life was tragically cut short at its peak.

The minister visited the home in Umlazi along with the leadership of the South African Football Association.

Mbalula reflected on the goalkeeper's childhood and ability to rise above his circumstances.