It's been three years after Senzo Meyiwa was gunned down in cold blood, yet police don’t seem to be any closer to making arrests than they were in the first few days after his death.
The Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa, who was also the Meyiwa family’s sole breadwinner, was gunned down by armed robbers at the Vosloorus home of his girlfriend, singer Kelly Khumalo.
And police are clueless as to who committed the heinous crime. When asked how the Senzo Meyiwa murder case is progressing, police spokesperson Vishnu Naido said there are no any new leads.
Fans were devastated when they heard how Senzo died. Two armed men stormed into Kelly's house, demanded cellphones and shot the soccer player in front of witnesses.
Zamokuhle Mbata was initially arrested for the murder, but he was released from custody in November 2015 due to lack of evidence. The case has now been referred to as a "cold case" by some but Senzo's father, Sam Meyiwa says he won't stop speaking about it. SOme people have told him to just forget about it but he says he refuses to be silenced, he wants justice to be served.
Senzo also said he won't be silenced by Kelly Khumalo. He alleges the singer sent him a lawyer's letter threatening to take legal action if he doesn't stop talking about her in interviews concerning Senzo Meyiwa. Sam has had a hostile relationship with Kelly since Senzo died.
"I will not keep quiet because when I am quiet nothing happens. She also speaks about my son," he said.
Kelly refused to comment on the difficult relationship with with Sam or his claims about her legal action.
"With all due respect, I have nothing to say," she simply said.
The songbird, who says Senzo died in her arms, however, did offer a glimpse into her pain when she detailed Senzo's last day in her Up Close and Personal with Kelly Khumalo concert in Johannesburg.
"Senzo ran into my hands. I thought he was trying to protect me from the intruders but he had blood on his chest and back – that's when I knew that he had been shot," she told the audience.
"We couldn't even wait for the ambulance to arrive. We rushed him to hospital. I did everything I could. I didn't want him to think I gave up on him," she said.
On the other hand, Sam doesn't want anyone to think he has given up on Senzo either. He believes his son's death provided a platform for others to have a moment in the spotlight but nothing concrete has happened since.
In October last year, former acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane told parliament the police didn't need help in solving the murder case.
"The SAPS is more than capable of dealing with this mtter," he said at the time.
But months later, he was moved from the portfolio and minister Fikile Mbalula took up the challenge, vowing to find Senzo's killers.
"It's one of my priorities to crack this case with the team. I'm very positive we will make arrests but I don't want to tip them (the killers) off by divulging the plans we are going to use. By discussing our strategy, we will give then ideas to evade arrest," Minister Mbalula said during a parade at the SAPS Academy in Pretoria.
But Sam wanted more than empty promises, so last month he confronted the minister during a visit to the Glebelands Hostel in Durban, pleading with him to solve the case.
"I spoke to him (Mbalula) and he promised to assist. I don't want to rush him because he is new in the portfolio and there is a lot he is doing," Sam said.
But still, the promises of those who are meant to serve and protect mean little for the family desperately seeking closure. All they want is to be able to go to sleep, knowing their son's killers are paying for the crime.