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Meyiwa case: Mbatha's mother breaks down

Zanokuhle Mbatha's family maintains he was always innocent.

Zanokuhle Mbatha's mother is comforted outside court by a family member during his court appearance on 11 November 2014. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN .

BOKSBURG - Family members of the only man arrested in connection with the murder of soccer star Senzo Meyiwa say they always knew he was innocent.

A court this morning ordered that the man be immediately released from custody.

This comes after a dramatic twist in the case with prosecutors admitting there is not enough evidence to go to trial which resulted in them withdrawing all charges against Zanokuhle Mbatha.

His family emerged from the court building crying and embracing one another.

His mother covered her face with a scarf as she broke down outside court.

Some of his relatives shouted that they always knew police had arrested the wrong man.

They were escorted by police offices as they made their way to a waiting taxi nearby.

A group of Pirates supporters who had gathered outside the court said they were disappointed by the outcome of today's proceedings and accused police of not doing their jobs properly.

Despite assurances from the police, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) does not feel there is enough evidence to secure a conviction.

The NPA's Nathi Mncube says the docket has been sent back to police for further investigation.

"They will continue to investigate and they will also clarify some of the issues we have raised with them regarding some of the discrepancies and inconsistencies and even contradictions in the evidence that is now available in the docket."

Magistrate Daniel Thulare made the application an order of the court and spoke to the nation saying he knew there would be anger.

"South Africa has got public prosecutors and not public persecutors."

Thulare said the country and the international community must respect the judicial process.

Meyiwa was shot dead during a robbery in Vosloorus last month, sparking outrage from an entire nation.