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‘Meyiwa case is not at a dead end’

Police say they've collected statements from at least 86 possible witnesses in the Senzo Meyiwa case.

FILE: Police say they're confident that detectives appointed to deal with the case will make a breakthrough soon. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Police say they've collected statements from at least 86 possible witnesses in the Senzo Meyiwa murder case and the case is not at a 'dead end'.

Meyiwa's father, Sam, has criticised the police for failing to make progress but the police in-turn say he has been jeopardising the case by talking to the media.

The former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain was shot dead in Vosloorus in October last year.

Last year, police questioned 13 people in connection with the shooting, but they were all released.

Police arrested a 25-year-old man who they believed was the murderer.

The case was thrown out of court due to a lack of evidence against him.

A suspect who was apprehended had to also be released due to a lack of evidence.

The police say the case is being attended to by high-level officers including Lieutenant General Vinesh Moonoo and other top police officers.

A team of seven permanent officers and a 40-member track and tracing team are also involved.

However, Sam has criticised the police for not making progress saying a life policy is refusing to pay out.

National police spokesperson Solomon Makgale has hit back saying they are treating the case seriously.

"We remain positive as the team are working day and night and are following up all the leads we are receiving."

Makgale also says investigators have appealed to Meyiwa's father on several occasions not to release details of the investigation to the media as this has resulted in a suspect fleeing.

POLICE STAND FIRM THAT THEY ARE MAKING PROGRESS

This is not the first time that the police have maintained that they are making progress in the murder case.

In April, police said they were making progress in their investigation.

Authorities confirmed they were still busy investigating all leads and the case has been prioritised.

Gauteng deputy police commissioner Vincent Leshabane said, "There is no new information but I can confirm that we are still busy and very serious about the case."

In January, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's office refuted claims that detectives bungled the investigation into the late footballer's murder.

Makgale maintained the investigation was progressing very well.

"We want to assure South Africans that it's not true that the investigation is in tatters. The team that was appointed to investigate is still there."

He argued they would provide an update on the case when they have finalised their investigation.

"When we've reached a significant stage in our investigation, for us to brief the nation, we will certainly do so."

Police say they're confident that detectives appointed to deal with the case will make a breakthrough soon.

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