Public Protector may investigate police in Senzo Meyiwa case

The slain soccer player’s family says they’re frustrated by the lack of progress made by the police.

South African supporters hold a portrait of murdered Bafana Bafana captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office says it's now in the process of establishing whether the family of slain soccer player Senzo Meyiwa has used all other legal avenues, before it can agree to investigate the officers probing the case.

Meyiwa was killed during an alleged armed robbery at the home of his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo's mother in Vosloorus in October 2014.

Madonsela's office has confirmed that the family of late Bafana Bafana goalkeeper approached it two weeks ago and asked officials to investigate the way police have handled the murder case.

Spokesperson Oupa Segalwe says the watchdog will first have to establish whether all other avenues have been exhausted.

"Whenever a complainant approaches us, particularly with issues of service failure, we need to prove that they have exhausted available avenues before bringing the matter to our attention."

Segalwe says the family is frustrated by apparent delays in finalising the case and the lack of progress made by the Vosloorus police.

Even if Madonsela were to investigate, her office has made it clear that the Public Protector would not become involved in the actual murder probe.