Meyiwa suspect identified in witness line-up

It’s understood Zanokuhle Mbatha is the dreadlocked suspect in the identikit released by police.

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

JOHANNESBURG - More details have emerged following the arrest of a suspect for the murder of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa.

Twenty five-year-old Zanokuhle Mbatha made a brief appearance in the Boksburg Magistrates Court this afternoon and will apply for legal aid.

Police say he was identified by witnesses in a line-up and was then formally arrested.

The soccer star was shot and killed on Sunday night while visiting his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo in Vosloorus.

It's understood Mbatha is the dreadlocked suspect in the identikit of two suspects released by police earlier this week.

It's been a day of rumour and speculation surrounding the arrest of a suspect in connection with Meyiwa's murder.

Throughout the day, police denied that anyone had been placed under arrest, saying that people had only been questioned.

But this afternoon, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed that Mbatha appeared in court in connection with the football star's murder.

The NPA's Nathi Mncube says the matter was postponed to 11 November.

He says the suspect will remain in custody until his next court appearance.

Police are hoping to make a second arrest soon.

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.


KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu delivered a moving eulogy during a memorial service at Durban City Hall honouring Meyiwa.

Thousands of people packed into the Durban City Hall to bid farewell to their local hero.

Meyiwa's wife Mandisa Mkhize looked on as Mchunu delivered the heartfelt tribute.

Mchunu described Meyiwa as a valuable brand for the province and as a torchbearer - an inspiration to the youth of his community.

He movingly called Meyiwa a hero of our lifetime who deserves to be honoured for his contribution to the upliftment of South African football.

Mchunu called upon residents to come in their numbers and bid a fitting final farewell to Meyiwa at Moses Mabhida Stadium tomorrow.

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa will be organising free trains for people wanting to travel to the stadium.

Meyiwa will be buried at Heroes Acre in Chesterville, where other national assets like Nat Nakasa are buried

South African flags are expected to fly at half-mast in Durban tomorrow in honour of the soccer star.


News of the suspect's arrest was met with cheers outside Durban City Hall.

Football fans told Eyewitness News the football star's killers must spend the rest of their lives in jail.

Despite being drenched from the persistent rain, fans couldn't hide their excitement when they learned of the arrest.

Many chanted "Justice for Senzo" as hundreds celebrated the news.

Memorabilia sporting the football stars face proved to be a hot commodity with fans racing to get their hands on the attire.

Many could be seen with Orlando Pirates t-shirts while others wore rival Kaizer Chiefs regalia, saying they did that in his honour.

Cars driving past hooted in support, some even waving Orlando Pirates flags with the words "Thank you Senzo" inscribed on them.