Police refute arrests in Meyiwa case

Claims of the pair having been detained began circulating early this morning.

Senzo Meyiwa. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Police continue to categorically deny reports that two suspects have been arrested or taken in by authorities for questioning in connection with the murder of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa.

The 27-year-old was gunned down on Sunday night while visiting his girlfriend's mother's house in Vosloorus.

Several media organisations are reporting that the duo is being held by officers in Limpopo.

They had apparently tried to cross the Beitbridge border between South Africa and Zimbabwe.

But the police's Neville Malila says there's no basis to the claims.

"The investigation is still continuing. For a better part of the day I was part of the team of lead investigators and we have not managed to arrest anybody as yet. We have not taken anybody in for questioning. The investigation team is going around and taking statements from people and questioning people."

Claims of the pair having been detained began circulating early this morning and photographs, apparently of them in handcuffs inside a police station, are being shared on social media.

Some reports suggest the men match the identikits released by police this week of the criminals who broke into a house in Vosloorus on Sunday night and shot Meyiwa.

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.

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.

DURBAN CBD COMES TO A STANDSTILL

The Durban CBD has come to a standstill with thousands of mourners gathered to say goodbye to Meyiwa.

Police have closed off a few roads to allow his body to be brought past the city hall.

Many can be seen with Orlando Pirates t-shirts while others are wearing rival Kaizer Chiefs regalia, saying they are doing this is in his honour.

Fans bundled under umbrellas are singing songs and chanting his name undeterred by the rain.

Acting as an overflow area for Meyiwa's memorial service at Durban City Hall, hundreds of people are sharing umbrellas trying to stay dry while they sing hymns and reflect on the life of the late football player.

A range of memorabilia is being sold on the adjacent pavement, everything from hats and shirts all sporting the Bafana Bafana star's face.

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

Earlier, President Jacob Zuma declared official provincial funerals for Meyiwa and Olympic athlete Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.

The national flag will be flown at half-mast in KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo on Saturday, where the two will be laid to rest.

Meyiwa's funeral service will take place at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Professional boxer Phindile Mwelase, will also be laid to rest this weekend.

Mwelase fell into a coma on 10 October after a fight against Liz Butler, who defeated her by a knockout. She died on Saturday at a Pretoria hospital.

Meyiwa, Mulaudzi and Mwelase were all remembered in a joint memorial yesterday afternoon.