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Meyiwa receives hero's welcome

The crowd cheered, wept and blew their vuvuzelas as Meyiwa's casket was brought into Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Thousands have wept loudly and uncontrollably in a show of grief, which has been largely held in until now. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

DURBAN - Slain Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain, Senzo Meyiwa, has received a hero's welcome as his casket was brought into the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Thousands have wept loudly and uncontrollably in a show of grief, which has been largely held in until now.

The 27-year-old was gunned down last week 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.

The crowd cheered and blew their vuvuzelas as Meyiwa's casket, draped in the South African flag, was brought into the stadium.

Football supporters were in tears whilst waving flags representing Kaizer Chiefs, Pirates and Bafana.

Meyiwa's wife, Mandisa Mkhize, arrived accompanied by some family members.

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

A convoy of cars entered the stadium ahead of Meyiwa's body. The cars did a lap of honour as the crowd was asked to stand.

Video: 'Senzo wrote his own legacy'.

FOOTBALL DIGNITARIES PAY LAST RESPECTS

Bafana head coach Shakes Mashaba was greeted with a huge round of applause.

Mashaba joined a host of sporting dignitaries that formed a procession that escorted the charismatic goalkeeper's casket to the stage.

Football bosses Ivan Khoza and Kaizer Motaung addressed the thousands of fans.

Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula is also expected to address the mourners.

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