'Meyiwa's death must bring about change in SA'

Fikile Mbalula & Danny Jordaan say Senzo Meyiwa's death must bring about drastic change in SA.

A combined memorial service of Senzo Meyiwa, Phindile Mwelase and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi held at the Standard Bank Arena on 30 October 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula and South African Football Association (Safa) President Danny Jordaan say the murder of Senzo Meyiwa must bring about drastic change in this country.

Mbalula on Thursday paid tribute to the Bafana Bafana captain at a joint memorial service for athlete Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, who died in a car accident last week and professional boxer Phindile Mwelase, who passed away on Sunday.

Meyiwa was shot dead at his girlfriend's mother's home in Vosloorus, Boksburg on Sunday night.

The minister says before the end of 2015, there must be a national sporting hall of fame to recognise the hard work and dedication of sportsmen.

"Each athlete who performed according to their standard will be inducted in the hall of fame. These athletes will be among the first to be inducted in that hall of fame and those who passed on."

Jordaan says Meyiwa's death must fast track significant changes in South Africa's gun laws.

"We should charter the Senzo Meyiwa Gun Law and that law must take all unlicensed and illegal firearms off the streets."

All three athletes will be laid to rest this weekend.