SA reels after death of Pirates’ goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa

Senzo Meyiwa [Kelly Khumalo Instagram]

The death of the Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates’ goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has shocked South Africans and police are now investigating what appears to be an act of crime.

Meyiwa was shot in the back on Sunday night while allegedly attempting to protect his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo, from intruders. He was announced dead on arrival at Botshelong Hospital. The incident occurred at Khumalo’s home in Vosloorus township near Boksburg.

Seven other people were said to have been in the house when a man entered and demanded residents hand over their cellphones. Another suspect waited outside the house. Police say a third man fled the scene after the gunshot was fired.

A special task team has been set up to investigate Meyiwa’s death, and police are now offering a reward of up to R150,000 for any leads. According to EWN, police have begun a “massive manhunt” for the suspects, and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has confirmed police have opened a case of murder and robbery.

Friends and colleagues of the sports star have taken to social media to show their shock and sadness at the news of Meyiwa’s passing.

Fans of the goalkeeper also expressed their grief.

For some, the concern is whether the police can fulfill their duties.

Others thought it showed that the SAPS can act effectively – at least some of the time.

– Featured image via Instagram.