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Meyiwa's casket arrives

A convoy of cars has entered the Moses Mabhida Stadium ahead of Meyiwa's body.

Senzo Meyiwa's casket lies in front of the stage at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on 1 November 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

DURBAN - The body of the late Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain, Senzo Meyiwa, has arrived at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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

There was not a dry eye in sight at the stadium as the soccer star's casket was brought in.

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

It seems the charismatic goalkeeper's death has finally sunk in among the crowd at the realisation that their hero is now gone.

Video: 'Our hero is no more'.

Meyiwa's father, Sam, sat in the front of his son's hearse, which travelled around the stadium.

He held his emotions in check as many simply looked on.

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.

Flags are being flown at half-mast to honour the slain sports star.

A gospel band is leading the crowd.

Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, arrived at the stadium with his wife.

Gigaba went to the stands to greet the fans shaking some of their hands.

Some of Meyiwa's family have also arrived at the stadium all dressed in black.

Video: Durban remembers Meyiwa.

SHAKES MASHABA ARRIVES

Dressed in a black suit and a grey and white tie, Bafana head coach Shakes Mashaba entered the stadium with his hands held above his head, in appreciation of the crowd.

Fans dressed in colourful sporting regalia, representing almost all the clubs in the Premier Soccer League, chanted Mashaba's name.

Fans have been waving Meyiwa flags, jerseys and photos.

Meanwhile, a funeral service has been held in Limpopo for Olympic athlete Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.

President Jacob Zuma declared official provincial funerals for Meyiwa and Mulaudzi.

The national flag is also flown at half-mast in Limpopo where the athlete will be laid to rest.

He was killed in a car crash in Mpumalanga more than a week ago.

A joint memorial service for the two, and professional boxer Phindile Mwelase, who died last Tuesday, was held in Johannesburg on Thursday, where thousands gathered to pay tribute.

Video: Joint memorial service for fallen sports stars.

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