Six years on, still no justice for Senzo Meyiwa and his family! Monday, October 26, marked exactly six years since former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa, was gunned down in Vosloorus in what was known, at least until recently, as a robbery gone wrong.
It is well-documented that Meyiwa wasn’t alone in the house when this tragedy unfolded but, to this day, no one has been brought to book for his untimely and unfortunate death. There have been promises and, empty promises at that, with the family remaining on a wing and a prayer. No one should go through what Senzo’s family has gone through and it is even worse that his father, Sam, followed him to the grave without getting the answers to his son’s murder. Senzo’s death contributed immensely to his father’s ill-health and the circumstances around his death could only make things worse. Meyiwa Senior was never the same after losing his beloved son.
With the new information, coincidentally, coming out on the day of his sixth commemoration, we are told that five suspects have been arrested and were due to appear in court on Tuesday. Quite interesting if you ask me! The five suspects’ arrest follows shortly after a gun said to have taken Senzo’s life was found in a police station in Durban. The moment I heard that, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this was just another ploy to divert our attention from the real questions and jump with joy thinking we were getting closer to finally connecting the dots on his death. As if that wasn’t enough, now we are told this was not just a robbery that went wrong but actually an assassination. So, in other words, not only should the powers that be find out who pulled the trigger, but they also need to find the mastermind behind the assassination plot. Can you really blame the family for thinking there’s foul play in this whole drama? Can you blame them for having little faith in the justice system? Can you really blame them for believing the real culprit is being protected? In an emotional and heart-wrenching interview with NewsroomAfrica this week, Nzori’s mom, Ntombifuthi Meyiwa, shared her grief and concerns.
“My biggest wish is to see the people who killed Senzo arrested and for the truth to come out completely. What hurts the most is the people who know very well what happened to my son. We know the whole truth, even the killer, but we keep seeing people blatantly lying about what happened to Senzo. These high-profile people who are blocking the movement of this case must just leave Bheki Cele’s team and AfriForum alone so that this matter can finally be put to rest. People must stop playing games with us. Senzo, I’m calling you as your mother, my child... wherever you are, let your spirit speak for itself. You know who shot you, you know their names. Senzo’s father (Sam), come together as the Meyiwa clan and resolve this issue. We are tired of being taken for a ride because we have no money.” This is enough to break even a stone-hard heart, watching Senzo’s mother so helplessly trying to get to the bottom of her son’s death. This is not an ordinary citizen, we are talking about a high-profile footballer who was shot in a house full of witnesses, but it has taken a whole six years for the police to believe they have “a watertight case”.
What I find fascinating about this whole fiasco is the fact that there was a Soccer Laduma reader who was behind bars in one of the KwaZulu-Natal prisoners and he would call into our office on a regular basis, telling us about what he claimed to know had happened the day Senzo was killed. The reader also asked for our assistance with regards to getting in contact with the Meyiwas, which we gladly agreed to. The reader also told us about the high-ranking officials who they’ve already briefed on the case, through confessions and with all the necessary information apparently made available to them with little to no action at all. The reader went on to say these people were hellbent on concealing the information and that every attempt to get justice for Senzo has been stopped by those in power. According to the reader, the big fish is being protected.
Sitting in our office, we obviously couldn’t take the reader’s assertions as the gospel truth, but could only listen and offer assistance whenever asked for. What led me to lean towards believing the reader was the number of stories he told and they turned out to be exactly as he had told us. He told us about media houses having made contact with him and even visited him, but the stories would never see the light of day because “someone is being protected through their connections”. Even the intervention of AfriForum, the reader told us about it long before it became public knowledge that they’d approached the AfriForum to try and assist them in their pursuit for justice for Senzo. When the family and AfriForum held a press conference to announce their partnership, Soccer Laduma had known about it for weeks, which gives more credence to our reader’s statements. The reader has since gone silent, without making any contact with our office in months but made it clear that all the information would be shared with AfriForum and hopefully lead to arrests and a lid being opened on this case. While we remember Nzori, we have to think of his family and what they’ve been going through for six years now without a closure on their son’s death.
May Nzori’s spirit provide answers to all the questions that his mother and the whole of South Africa have so that she can finally find closure. It is bad enough that Meyiwa Senior didn’t get the answers, but a simple signal from Nzori to lead us to the conclusion of his case would be highly appreciated.