Senzo Meyiwa may have known his killer

A month after late soccer star, Senzo Meyiwa’s death and the police have made some progress.

Senzo Meyiwa during the 2014 African Cup of Nations Qualifier match, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 14 October 2014. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police are investigating whether Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa knew his killer.

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

Video: 'Senzo died in my arms'.

A month after his death, the police have made some progress in the murder case.

However, the City Press is reporting that police are now investigating those who were with him on the evening he was shot dead.

The police initially thought the soccer star was killed in an armed robbery but they now doubt this.

The City Press is reporting that the police are investigating one of the men who was socialising with Meyiwa shortly before his death and a firearm is now being tested.

Zamokuhle Mbatha was identified by two separate witnesses and initially charged with murder and robbery.

Mbatha is still in hiding in KwaZulu-Natal after he was released and charges against him were dropped due to a lack of evidence.

The newspaper says the police are not interested in reinstating the charges against him.

Meyiwa was laid to rest on 1 November at the Heroes Acre Cemetery in Chesterville, KwaZulu-Natal.

Flags flew at half-mast as thousands bid the Pirates goalkeeper farewell at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

People from across the football fraternity, politicians and various dignitaries attended the funeral.

Yesterday Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba said detectives investigating Meyiwa's case have not given up.

Mothiba also admitted that communication was a problem between the police and the National Prosecuting Authority leading to the suspect in the case being set free.

At the same time, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has warned police not to rush into making arrests despite political or public pressure.