Senzo Meyiwa’s Death: Rumours of Contract Killing Dismissed

By Oliver Ngwenya    27-Oct-2014 22:08 UTC+02:00 24
Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa in action. He was shot dead at girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo's house in Vosloorus. Image: The Telegraph.

Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa in action. Meyiwa was shot dead at girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s house in Vosloorus on Sunday evening.
Image: The Telegraph.

The police have dismissed the rumours doing the rounds that the killing of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa was a contract killing which was directly aimed at the soccer star. A top police detective, Maj-Gen Norman Taioe dismissed this information, saying that there is no evidence that the killers had specifically meant to kill Meyiwa. He added that the gun that ended up killing him had not initially been aimed at him.

Senzo Meyiwa was shot and killed on Sunday evening at his girlfriend’s house in Vosloorus. This is the home of his controversial actor and singer girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo. According to information made available by the police, the soccer legend and his friends were just leaving the house when two men entered while another one remained outside, ostensibly as a sentry. The police adds that when the two men were in the house, one of Senzo’s friends bumped into another and a scuffle ensued, which resulted in the soccer star being shot in the upper part of the body. The three intruders are said to have fled the scene of the crime with a stolen cellphone as soon as the shooting occurred. Meanwhile, the police, according to the Police Commissioner, Rhiya Phiyega have upped the reward for information leading to the arrest of the two men that are responsible for the shooting. The reward has been placed at R250 000.

Reacting to the death of Senzo Meyiwa, his father, Sam Meyiwa said it felt like Senzo had died with a part of him. He added that he hoped that the police caught up with the perpetrators so that he could ask them why they killed his son. The Chairman of Orlando Pirates Dr Irvin Khoza flew to Umlazi in KwaZulu Natal on Monday to discuss funeral arrangements with Senzo’s family. There is anticipation that the shot stopper’s funeral would be held during the weekend.

The PSL has, in honour of Meyiwa, postponed the Soweto derby that was scheduled for the upcoming weekend. The Chief Executive Officer of the PSL, Brand de Villiers confirmed that the match which had been lined up for Saturday had been postponed out of respect for Senzo Meyiwa.

It was reported on Monday that a special task team had been set up to investigate Meyiwa’s murder. The manhunt for his killers continues.


  1. teboho mokherenyana says:

    rest in peace captain senzo meyiwa psl will never be the same

  2. cindy says:

    Rest in peace our beloved senzo meyiwa. Will alwayz luv n mic u. #sad#

  3. ngcebo says:

    Rest in peace mfo u played your part will meet again #sad indeed

  4. ntombizini DUDA says:

    May your soul rest in peace.duduze kani .mdeni wakwa meyiwa…its very sad to die for cell fone .look what u did .e mndenini .kuba ngani .i wonder unembeza uthini la nikhona.. niphethe ne .cellfoun .yo muntu angenancala osebenzela .isizwe no mndeni wakhe..

  5. Anonymous says:

    rest pesce meyiwa

  6. phumza says:

    Lala ngoxolo bhakajuju we will forever missed you # crying #

  7. matthew says:

    May your soul rest in peace mayiwa we will always remember u,my condolences to the mayiwa,s family and the khumalo,s family,kelly. Hang in there the khumalo and the mayiwa are with u through the pain,with lots of love kabelo nko and his family.RIP MAYIWA.

  8. phathiwe mantambo says:


  9. kelvin mdluli says:

    RIP Senzo w wil alwaz rememba u!!

  10. mvp says:

    lala ngoxolo ndoda umdali uzobaveza obala abenzi bokubi

  11. Nok'phila says:

    R.I.P senzo meyiwa always miss you qhawe lebhakabha. Syathemba bazotholakala abenzi balesi senzo. Ngoba vele abesenandawo kulomhlaba.

  12. Nok'phila khumalo says:

    R.I.P MEYIWA always miss you qhawe lebhakabhaka. Wibekile induku ebandla

  13. colleen says:

    Mndeni wakaMeyiwa akukho okungenzeki kuJESU,manje isikhathi sokusondela kuyena nilale ngenxeba.uyawapholisa amanxeba. Uzoba nani kuze kube sekugcineni.amen

  14. Hudson Fury says:

    In a life tym we wil nt hve a good and flexible goalkeeper like you we as funs of orlando pirates we will miss you alot may ur soul R.I.P

  15. Nonceba ncesh says:

    Lala kahle bhakajuju lethu

  16. bova ntja says:

    rest in peace meyiwa

  17. tee kay says:

    Go well Senzo!You will be sadly missed.

  18. patrick mustafa says:

    R.I.P senzo we’ll always remember u for the job u have been doing, to God we belongs nd to him we’ll return nd thts what every 1 is waiting for. May almighty Lord be wth u untll we meet next life.

  19. Anonymous says:

    we will allways love baka shushu mj pilane chiefs fan

  20. Tumelo says:

    Rest in peace SENZO we will always remember u….tearing

  21. nhlanhla says:

    Hamba kahle qhawe lamaqhawe noma kubuhlungu uyibekil induku ebandla lowenzi iyalila yonki South Africa

  22. anathi zukiso says:

    hamba kahle mntaka Meyiwa ur smile wll always remain in our hearts we love u so much.#teary#

  23. masandi prusent (Cofimvaba) says:

    May his soul rest in peace, Senzo you played your bit and its up to the remaining folks to take the process forward. Its hard to accept the reality that you are no more, you will be sadly missed. ‘Once a pirate 4eva a pirate’.

  24. bongiwe says:

    Rest in peace meyiwa pirates wil neva b d same without u

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