Jordaan says Meyiwa's murder might be catalyst for change

Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead last Sunday while visiting his girlfriend in Vosloorus.

Orlando Pirates players follow behind the casket of Senzo Meyiwa. Picture: Marc Lewis

JOHANNESBURG - South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has told Eyewitness News he believes Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa's murder might serve as a catalyst for change in the country.

Meyiwa was shot dead last Sunday while visiting his girlfriend in Vosloorus.

Jordaan spoke to Eyewitness News shortly after a tribute was held for the sports star at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban today.

The Buccanneers encircle Senzo Meyiwa's casket. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

He says the loss has forced the public to question the lack of respect for human life in our society.

Meyiwa was buried at Heroes Acre cemetery in Chesterville in KwaZulu-Natal.

_ It's raining in Durban as Meyiwa's family bids farewell to the soccer star. Picture: @thand_okuhle_

Meyiwa's wife Mandisa Mkhize wept as her husband's coffin was lowered to the ground. Pirates chairman Irvin Khosa placed a nurturing hand on her back to comfort her.

As she tossed flowers into her husband's grave Mkhize uttered a few words of goodbye to Meyiwa - wiping away tears in the process.

Meyiwa's father Sam, a staunch Pirates supporter crossed his forearms in front his son's grave - displaying the popular Buccaneers symbol.

Many of Meyiwa's family members battled to contain their emotions as they bid their final goodbyes with some weeping uncontrollably as they tossed sand over the Bafana captain's coffin.

Over 30,000 people attended the sports star's funeral which is being held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Keynote speakers spoke warmly of slain Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa calling him a South African hero and describing his murder as a travesty for South Africa.

Meyiwa was shot dead last Sunday while visiting his girlfriend in Vosloorus.

TEARFUL FAREWELL

"Lest we forget, this is not the first time that an icon of this nature departs in the fashion that Senzo departed," said Kaizer Motaung, founder of the Kaizer Chiefs, the main rivals to the Orlando Pirates club Meyiwa played for.

Thousands of people braved drizzling rain in the 85,000 Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, a short distance from the Umhlazi township where Meyiwa was born.

Most of the crowd wore the Pirates' red or black colours but there was also a sprinkling of the yellow worn by the Chiefs.

Teammates and mourners wiped away tears as they watched video clips showing father of three Meyiwa training, diving to make saves, or pumping his arms in celebration of a win.

Meyiwa had captained South Africa in their first four African Nations Cup qualifiers over the last two months without conceding a goal.

Team mates and mourners wiped away tears as they watched video clips showing father of three Meyiwa training, diving to make saves, or pumping his arms in celebration of a win.

Meyiwa had captained South Africa in their first four African Nations Cup qualifiers over the last two months without conceding a goal.

WITNESSES IDENTIFY SUSPECT

One suspect, Zanokuhle Mbatha, has been arrested after witnesses picked him out in an identity parade. The 25-year-old briefly appeared in court on Friday and will reappear on 11 November. Police had issued identikits of two men on Tuesday.

"We've got every reason to be angry about Senzo," Fikile Mbalula told the mourners. "Justice is grinding and we will find them. We will never rest until we find all of them."

Two other sporting icons died within days of Meyiwa. Former world 800 metres champion and Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was killed in a car accident last week.

Light middleweight Phindile Mwelase, 31, also passed away last week after a knockout punch in a fight against Liz Butler two weeks ago put her in a coma.