Suspect arrested, in court for Meyiwa murder

Zanokuhle Mbatha made a brief appearance in the Boksburg Magistrates Court this afternoon.

Senzo Meyiwa. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed one suspect has appeared in court in Boksburg in connection with 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 has applied for legal aid.

The matter has been postponed to 11 November.

The NPA's Nathi Mncube says the suspect will remain in custody until his next court appearance.

Meyiwa was gunned down on Sunday night while visiting his girlfriend's mother's house in Vosloorus on Sunday night.

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.

Fans attending a memorial in Durban in honour of the football star have expressed their relief.

One woman says, "That is very good news I want all of them to get arrested."

Another fan says she hopes the truth will be brought to light.

"There has been a lot of speculation about the murder. That guy is going to speak the truth."

At the same time, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu has assured Meyiwa's family that the soccer star will receive a funeral befitting of a hero.

Mchunu addressed a memorial service in honour of Meyiwa at the Durban City Hall this afternoon where he thanked South Africans for supporting Meyiwa's family.

He described Meyiwa as the son of the province who put his own community on the world stage.

He said crime has claimed the lives of too many people in the country and something must be done.

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


The Durban CBD earlier came to a standstill with thousands of mourners gathered to say goodbye to Meyiwa.

Police 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 sang songs and chanted his name undeterred by the rain.

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

Cars driving past hooted 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.