It’s like they killed me: Meyiwa’s dad

By SAPA Time of article published Oct 27, 2014

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Durban - Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa's father said on Monday that the bullet that took son's life killed a part of him.

A visibly upset Sam Meyiwa told reporters outside his house in Umlazi, Durban, that he wanted the men who killed his son arrested as soon as possible.

“They (the police) must make sure they get these people who killed my son. I want them in jail. I want them in custody. I want to talk to them and ask them why they killed my son. It's like they killed myself.”

Standing upright and biting his lips, Meyiwa said his son had been expected to return home over the weekend, but changed his plans.

He was struggling to comprehend his son's death.

“I don't know if I'm coming or going. My heart is broken. I'm just finished.”

The narrow road outside his house in Umlazi's K-section was cordoned off by eThekwini metro police. Relatives and friends were inside the property. Photographers, journalists, and cameramen milled around outside as children and curious onlookers watched from a little further away.

By late afternoon, a large crowd gathered outside Meyiwa's parents' house singing songs. One supporter carried a poster that read: “Mrs Phiyega must speed up to catch those Bustards (sic).”

KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu, Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza, KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo, and senior ANC officials arrived at the house.

Rows of white chairs were placed at the back of the house. A banner from the Orlando Pirates Umlazi supporters' club adorned the wall at the front of the house.

At one stage during the afternoon a woman emerged in tears carrying a framed picture of the Bafana Bafana captain. She danced with supporters and went back into the house.

After meeting the family, Mchunu said: “Well, we are devastated as the province of KwaZulu-Natal. This was one of our brightest stars.”

Khoza said: “That is the question I am asking. Why was Senzo killed?”

While he mourned for Meyiwa, his pain could never match Sam Meyiwa's, he said.

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega announced in Johannesburg earlier that she had set up a team of forensic, crime intelligence, and visible policing members to handle the case.

Sapa

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