Danny Jordaan calls for destruction of firearms
A combined memorial service for Senzo Meyiwa, Phindile Mwelase and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was held today.
JOHANNESBURG - South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan says the best way to honour slain Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa is to gather all the illegal weapons and destroy them in his name.
He was speaking at a memorial service held in Johannesburg for Meyiwa, athlete Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and boxer Phindile Mwelase who also passed away last week.
Meyiwa was gunned down while visiting his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo's mother's home in Vosloorus on Sunday night.
Jordaan addressed Meyiwa's father directly.
"The association has made a proposal that we should charter the Senzo Meyiwa Gun Law and that gun laws must take all the unlicensed and illegal firearms off the streets."
He says Meyiwa was a shining light when the national team battled to achieve victory.
"We all believed that it was all doom and gloom and there was no future for this Bafana, and with Senzo in his goals and his captain's armband on his arms, we had hope again."
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula told Meyiwa's killers that the country will not rest until they're behind bars.
Mbalula says South Africans must help find those who shot Meyiwa.
Meanwhile in KwaZulu-Natal, scores of Umlazi residents held a memorial service at a sports field where Meyiwa learnt how to play football.
Residents in Orlando Pirates shirts blew their vuvuzelas and sang songs in honour of their local hero.
Meyiwa's former school principal said he will always be proud on Meyiwa's achievements.
"He came from this place, he came from this school, and we are very encouraged.
Hundreds of people are slowly making their way into the tent that has been erected for the occasion.
MEYIWA'S FATHER 'JUST SPEAKING OUT OF ANGER'
At the same time Meyiwa's cousin, Siyabonga Miya, says he believes the slain football star's father Sam Meyiwa was speaking out of anger and hurt when he said singer Kelly Khumalo was not welcome at his son's funeral.
Meyiwa told reporters earlier this week that everyone was welcome at his son's funeral except his girlfriend.
A service being held in Durban on Saturday will be attended by Meyiwa's wife.
Miya says Meyiwa's father was just angry.
"Can you imagine losing a son and we can't hold anything against a parent while they're feeling what they're feeling."