Six years after, South Africa police arrest suspects over murder of former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday congratulated the South African Police Service for the breakthrough in the investigation and arrests following the murder of former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.

Police Minister General Bheki Cele announced on Monday – on the sixth anniversary of the murder of the national and continental sports icon – that five suspects had been arrested in Gauteng and Kwa Zulu-Natal.

Senzo Meyiwa 
Former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa

“The arrests were the result of a multi-disciplinary integrated approach to the investigation, with the South Africa Police Service working closely with the National Directorate for Public Prosecutions,” the presidency in South Africa said in a statement received by Today News Africa in Washington D.C.

Senzo Meyiwa's funeral, 1 Nov 2014 Police inspect a guard of hunour for fallen Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa. (Photo: DoC and KZN) 
Senzo Meyiwa’s funeral, 1 Nov 2014 Police inspect a guard of hunour for fallen Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa. (Photo: DoC and KZN)

It said the breakthrough in the Meyiwa case is also “attributable to the establishment two years ago by the National Commissioner of Police of a Cold Case Team to reopen unsuccessful investigations.”

“Today is a day on which we revisit the sadness that affected millions of us as South Africans when we lost Senzo Meyiwa in 2014,” President Ramaphosa said.

Senzo Meyiwa's funeral, 1 Nov 2014 Gospel singer Dr Rebecca Malope sings a tribute to Senzo Menyiwa during funeral proceedings at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban. (Photo: DoC and KZN) 
Senzo Meyiwa’s funeral, 1 Nov 2014 Gospel singer Dr Rebecca Malope sings a tribute to Senzo Menyiwa during funeral proceedings at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban. (Photo: DoC and KZN)

“But this anniversary is mitigated by the arrest of five suspects who have been unable to escape the reach of the law, regardless of the passage of time.

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Senzo Meyiwa’s funeral, 1 Nov 2014 Thousands of mourners gather at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, to pay their last respects to the late Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa. (Photo: KZN and DoC)

Pres Cyril Ramaphosa continued: “We congratulate the police for their hard work and persistence. We must now allow the criminal justice system and the judiciary to do their work and handle this matter to finality.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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