Police: Meyiwa murder a robbery that went horribly wrong

Vinesh Moonoo says 13 suspects have been questioned and police are still piecing together the murder puzzle.

Members of the SAPS are briefing media on investigations into the murder of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa, on 03 November 2014. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police say they remain convinced that Senzo Meyiwa's murder was a "robbery that went horribly wrong" with their investigation now in its second week.

A briefing took place a short while at the Gauteng police headquarters in Parktown.

The Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain was shot dead at his girlfriend's mother's home in Vosloroos on 26 October.

South Africa's Head of Detectives, Vinesh Mooonoo, says only one suspect has been charged and three more people who were being held have been released.

Moonoo says 13 suspects have been questioned and police are still piecing together the murder puzzle.

"We still maintain that with the information we currently have, it was a robbery that went wrong."

Moonoo said the probe is shifting gear.

"We now want to focus on a trial-driven investigation and we're following leads to get the trial started as soon as possible."

He said the three people who were detained at the weekend could not be linked to the goalkeeper's murder.

Moonoo said the reward of R250,000 remains in place.


Twenty-five-year-old Zenokuhle Mbatha was the first suspect arrested in connection with the murder last week.

He appeared in the Boksburg Magistrates Court on Friday facing charges of murder and robbery.

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

Police are now searching for other suspects they believe are linked to the crime.

Investigators initially thought only two people were responsible for the Pirates player's death, but investigations have revealed more people were involved.

Authorities are encouraging the public to continue assisting them with any information that may assist the probe.


It was an emotional day for tens of thousands of soccer fans who said farewell to the slain footballer at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday.

Meyiwa's family and the sports fraternity paid tribute to the charismatic footballer.

He was buried at the Heroes Acre Cemetery in Chesterville.

Video: A nation weeps for Meyiwa.