Flags fly at half-mast for Meyiwa

It's expected to be an emotional send off for Senzo Meyiwa at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Fans have brought in all sorts of Senzo memorabilia. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN.

DURBAN - Flags are flying at half-mas t today as thousands head to the Moses Mabida Stadium in Durban for the funeral service of slain Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa.

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

Video: 'Senzo died in my arms'.

A suspect was arrested for Meyiwa's murder yesterday.

The funeral service is expected to start at around 10 am with politicians and sports leaders to pay their respects.

It's expected to be an emotional send-off for Meyiwa at the stadium, as people from across the province and the rest of the country come to say goodbye to the much loved footballer.

People from across the football fraternity, politicians and various dignitaries are expected to attend.

It has been an emotionally charged week in Durban as the soccer star's murder has affected his hometown residents in Umlazi.

Many say they will never forget him and his contribution to South African football.


The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed that one suspect appeared in the Boksburg Magistrates Court in connection with the goalkeeper's murder.

Twenty-five-year-old Zanokuhle Mbatha made a brief appearance in court and has applied for legal aid.

Police said Mbatha was identified by witnesses in a line-up and was then formally arrested.

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

Police are hoping to make a second arrest soon.

The hunt for Meyiwa's killers is being coordinated by the police and a team of 10 private investigators hired by the charismatic footballer's family.

The matter has been postponed to 11 November.

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

Video: Durban remembers Meyiwa.