Meyiwa's body arrives in Durban ahead of funeral

The soccer star was gunned down on Sunday while visiting his girlfriend’s mother’s house in Vosloorus.

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

DURBAN - The body of slain Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa has now arrived in Durban ahead of the soccer star's memorial this afternoon.

More than 1,000 people gathered at Durban City Hall have been asked to form a guard of honour when the hearse carrying Meyiwa's casket arrives.

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

His killers have not yet been arrested.

Inside the packed city hall, dignitaries have arrived including President Jacob Zuma's wife Thobeka Madiba-Zuma.

Madiba-Zuma hugged Meyiwa's wife, Mandisa Mkhize, as she walked into the hall.

Dressed in black and with a veil covering part of her face, Mkhize wiped away tears as she sat down.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu is due to address the memorial service.

Thousands of mourners have packed into the hall to pay their respects to their hero with many chanting "we will never ever forget you Senzo, we love you".

Many of those gathered are wearing Orlando Pirates jersey's and some people can be seen waving the South African flag.

An overflow area has also been set up to accommodate the large crowd.

Meyiwa's life is being celebrated through song as hundreds of mourners gather to pay homage to the province's favourite son.

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.


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.