Anonymous donor pays for Senzo Meyiwa’s tombstone
Durban – An anonymous donor has come forward to pay for a tombstone at the grave of former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and captain, Senzo Meyiwa.
Meyiwa was murdered on this day – October 26 – six years ago.
According to Meyiwa's cousin, Siyabonga Meyiwa, the family was contacted by the donor who asked if he could erect the tombstone.
Siyabonga said the tombstone was built last week by an anonymous sponsor.
"We are not sure when the tombstone was put up but we appreciate that there are still people who are concerned and want to help," he said.
Siyabonga said the tombstone was built in less than three months.
"The family is very appreciative of the kind gesture," he said.
Last year, the Daily News reported the Meyiwa family had been promised his funeral and tombstone would be taken care of by the municipality and national government.
Meyiwa was given an official provincial funeral and was buried at Heroes Acre Cemetery in Chesterville, but after five years, there was no tombstone erected.
According to eThekwini Municipality spokesperson, Msawakhe Mayisela, they were not aware of a promise made by the city council to donate a tombstone.
“However, we regard the late Senzo Meyiwa as a fallen hero.
“The city lost a son, and his death left a huge void in the sporting fraternity.
“His spirit will inspire young boys to follow in his footsteps.
“May he rest in peace,” he said.
Meyiwa was murdered at his girlfriend singer Kelly Khumalo’s mother’s home in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, on October 26, 2014.
Since then the police have not been able to name the person who fired the fatal shot nor make strides in the investigation.
Last week, it was reported that the firearm used in the shooting was found at the Cleveland Police Station.
The former footballer’s family also alleged that Longwe Twala, son of music mogul Chicco Twala, pulled the trigger after an alleged argument with his then girlfriend, Zandi Khumalo.
On Monday, Police Minister Bheki Cele announced at a press conference that police arrested five suspects in connection with Meyiwa’ murder
“I’m happy to announce that there has been a breakthrough in the Senzo Meyiwa murder case. The first FIVE suspects have been arrested between 8am and 10 am this morning in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
“These arrests are as a result of a multi-disciplinary integrated approach to this investigation which is working closely with the Directorate for Public Prosecution.
“The SAPS and the prosecution team are confident that we have a water-tight case against all five suspects.
"At this point, we cannot reveal any further information as investigations are still ongoing and more arrests cannot be ruled out,“ Cele said.