'Meyiwa murder probe at more advanced stage'

Gauteng police earlier provided an update on their investigation into the football star's murder.

Vinesh Moonoo briefs the media on the police's investigation into the murder of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa on 3 November 2014. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As police shift their focus in the Senzo Meyiwa murder case to securing a conviction in court, they've dismissed criticism of apparent miscommunication between officers and prosecutors regarding the arrest of their only suspect.

Meyiwa was shot and killed on 26 October while visiting his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo at her mother's house in Vosloorus.

Authorities today revealed that they believe the shooting of the Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain was a robbery gone horribly wrong.

Last week, there was confusion over 25-year-old Zanokuhle Mbatha's arrest, with police being unable to confirm if he'd appeared in court and had been charged.

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

So far, a total of 13 people have been taken in for questioning and only one man has been arrested and formally charged.

At this stage police are not revealing too much but only saying that investigations are at a more advanced stage than they were last week.

South Africa's Head of Detectives, Vinesh Moonoo, says they arrested Mbatha on Thursday but weren't sure whether they should charge him.

Moonoo says a prosecutor at the Boksburg Magistrates Court advised them to go ahead and charge the suspect.

The 25-year-old was positively identified by witnesses during an identity parade and remains in police custody until his next appearance on 11 November.

Video: 13 questioned and one arrested.


Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza says he's confident those responsible for the goalkeeper's murder will face justice.

Police say they are confident that two people were directly involved at the scene of the crime and are currently searching for a second suspect.

Khoza says while many South Africans are still in shock, the police's efforts have restored public confidence.

"Visible justice creates confidence from the public."

The chairman urged members of the public to continue complying with officials to ensure that justice prevails.

Tens of thousands of soccer fans 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.