KZN 'fully prepared' for Meyiwa's memorial

Senzo Meyiwa’s memorial service will be held at the Durban City Hall on Friday.

Soccer fans attend a combined memorial service of the sports stars at the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg on 30 October 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

UMLAZI - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu says the province is fully prepared for Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa's memorial service on Friday and his funeral on Saturday.

The service will be held at the Durban City Hall and the funeral at the 56,000 capacity Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The football star was shot dead at his girlfriend, singer Kelly Khumalo's Vosloorus house in Boksburg on Sunday evening.

Mchunu has described Meyiwa as a role model and a legend, saying the province owes him a fitting send off.

Members of the Orlando Pirates Football Club Supporters and thousands of other people will converge at stadium this weekend, to bid a final farewell to the national team captain.

Meyiwa will be buried at Heroes Acre at the Chesterville cemetery in Durban.

Earlier today, Gauteng Premier David Makhura visited the Meyiwa family, to personally convey his condolences.

Makhura, accompanied by Mchunu, briefed Meyiwa's mother on the investigation into her son's death.

Makhura embraced the Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain's mother warmly as she sat on a mattress grieving for her murdered son.

Speaking to the media afterwards the Gauteng premier said the country has lost a hero and that police would not rest until his murderers are caught.

Makhura will also be attending Meyiwa's memorial service in Johannesburg, where he is expected to meet with the slain footballer's father, Sam.

Umlazi residents have also organised a memorial, which is expected to start later this afternoon.

NO ARRESTS

Gauteng police say no arrests have been made in connection with the Meyiwa murder case and investigations have now been extended beyond the province's borders.

Reports emerged this morning that two men were taken into custody in eastern KwaZulu-Natal, but police say this is incorrect.

The hunt for Meyiwa's killers is being coordinated by the police and a team of 10 private investigators hired by the soccer star's family.

Police spokesperson Neville Malila says bits and pieces of information have emerged, but no one has been arrested yet.

"I spoke to the investigation team and no arrests were made. The investigation has been extended to outside the boundaries of Gauteng. We've received various bits and pieces of information."

The identikits of two suspects involved in the Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain's murder were released on Tuesday, triggering a major response from the public.