It took just one day for Generations star Mandla Hlatshwayo’s alleged killers to be arrested and two weeks for Rhythm City actor Dumi Masilela’s hijackers to be tracked down.
Yet three years after Senzo Meyiwa was gunned down in cold blood, police don’t seem to be any closer to making arrests than they were in the first few days after his death.
The though of these crimes being solved so quickly runs through Sam Meyiwa’s mind daily. This week marks three years since his son was killed and the unresolved murder still gives Sam and his wife Ntombifuthi, sleepless nights.
The Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and Captain – the Meyiwa family’s sole breadwinner – was gunned down by armed robbers at the Vosloorus home of his girlfriend, controversial singer Kelly Khumalo. All they want is closure, a devastated Sam told our news crew.
The thought of his son’s killers still roaming the streets, free to spend time with the people they love, breaks his heart.
“It’s really frustrating for us that after so many years we still don’t know who killed him and why. This makes me wonder about my son’s killers…. they must be wealthy and well-connected to be able to hide the truth so well for so long,” he said.
The years since Senzo’s death have taken their toll. Ntombifuthi has suffered from recurring health issues related to high blood pressure since her goalkeeper son was killed.
“It has been hard for us. The only time I don’t think of Senzo is when I am asleep. But I also struggle to fall asleep. Our lives are full of pain and sorrow, but we soldier on. I cry every time I think of him. I cannot rest until his killers are found,” said Senzo’s father.
The family isn’t only experiencing emotional and physical difficulties. They are financially strapped since Senzo death. He was the sole provider and they haven’t been able to do the necessary customary rituals to ensure his spirit is resting in peace.
They hope to do a ceremony to bring his spirit back home but meanwhile they are living from day to day.
“We are struggling, sometimes we don’t have food,” the elderly Sam said.
He fells they have been forgotten by those who made plenty of promises in the wake of Senzo’s death. During April last year, Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza made an announcement that Senzo’s R4 million insurance had been paid out. Half was due to Orlando Pirates and the other half to the Meyiwa family.
PSL players and officials are covered for injuries, and ultimately death, in the insurance for the league. But Sam says they haven’t received a single cent of the money yet. Nor has Senzo’s official wife, Mandisa.
“I talk to Mandisa often. She hasn’t received the money. AT least she is working and she is able to take care of hr daughter,” said Sam.
The Snr Meyiwa claims every attempt to contact the PSL boss has failed and he is growing resentful. Irvin had not responded to requests for comment at the time of going to press.
Sam’s pain is so great that he can’t watch Irvin of television anymore.
“I chance the channel because seeing him breaks my heart,” he revealed.
Senzo’s younger brother, Sifiso, helps the family to keep their heads above water.
“He is the only one working, and it’s hard for him. He helps where he can but he has his own life. Senzo was taking care of us all and we were not struggling at all. he looked after us well,” said Sam.