An emotional send-off for Meyiwa

Keynote speakers have called Meyiwa a South African hero and described his death as senseless.

Senzo Meyiwa’s body has been wheeled out of Moses Mabhida on 1 November 2014 to its burial site in Chesterville. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN.

DURBAN - Senzo Meyiwa's family and the sports fraternity have paid tribute to the slain soccer star.

Over 30,000 people have attended the Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain's funeral, which was held at the Moses Mabida Stadium in Durban.

Meyiwa was shot dead last Sunday while visiting his girlfriend's mother's house in Vosloorus.

A suspect, 25-year-old Zanokuhle Mbatha, was arrested for the Pirates goalkeeper's murder yesterday.

Mbatha made a brief appearance in the Boksburg Magistrates Court and has applied for legal aid.

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

Soccer bosses, Kaizer Motaung and Dr Irvin Khoza, paid homage to the 27-year-old in a moving tribute.

A video of him was played for the thousands of supporters, which sparked emotions in the stadium.

The moving video tribute showed Meyiwa at his best, making stunning saves for both Pirates and Bafana.

Meyiwa's father, Sam, buried his head in his hands shaking his head as the images of his son were being shown.

He then waved at the large screen bidding farewell to his son.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu was also seen wiping tears from his face during the proceedings.


Keynote speakers have spoken warmly of the Pirates goalkeeper, calling him a South African hero and describing his death as a travesty for South Africa.

Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, spoke passionately of Meyiwa and said the country will not rest until all of his killers have been apprehended.

"Senzo was a pillar of strength amongst you and it won't be easy to forget him, but may you draw solace from the knowledge that the rest of the country is with you through these trying times."

Khoza offered words of encouragement to his players, telling them to be strong and to persevere.

South African Football Association President, Danny Jordaan, says Meyiwa will be sorely missed.

Jordaan added that the goalkeeper's murder was senseless.

"A life taken so early in such an unnecessary way leaves us saddened and outraged and in society the value of human life is being challenged."

There was a moment of silence as police officers lowered the flag to half-mast.

Video: Durban remembers Senzo.