One year later: Senzo Meyiwa remembered

2015-10-26 07:00
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Johannesburg - It's been one year since Senzo Meyiwa was killed in a botched house robbery in Vosloorus, but his family still wait for answers.

On the 26th of October 2014, the late Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was murdered at his then girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo's family home. 

News of the soccer star's death sent shockwaves through the country, as the nation mourned a fallen hero. 

The weeks that followed were traumatic for many- with police, under pressure from the public, wrongfully arresting a man said to have been involved in the robbery (more on that here).

Over the past 12 months the circumstances surrounding the soccer star's death has been marred by controversy involving his family and the ongoing investigation. 

Earlier this year the murder investigation took an interest turn, when police who are still searching for a murder suspect, confiscated musician Chicco Twala's gun. Chicco Twala's son was in the house on the night of the murder. Chicco would later come out to defend his son's version of events in the midst of claims made by Senzo's father, Sam Meyiwa (more on that here).

Senzo's girlfriend at the time, Kelly Khumalo, who was with Senzo on the night, later admitted that she nearly turned to drugs in the weeks following her boyfriend's murder to help her cope with his death (more on that here).

She also revealed that her children (including the couple's daughter, Thingo) are still struggling to come to terms with what they had seen (read more on that here).

Senzo's estranged wife, Mandisa honoured her husband in an emotional anniversary message to Senzo earlier this month (read that here).

Even though police have reassured Senzo's friends and family that "the net is closing" around his murderer, one of the chief investigating officers on the case chose to resign, after her suggestion that they arrest Kelly Khumalo and others in the house was allegedly shot down (read more on that here).

Senzo's father Sam Meyiwa has been critical of police since his son's death and maintains that the robbery was in fact a hit on his son.

This, while media reports of his family going through financial troubles (even to the point of postponing crucial traditional rituals for Senzo) continue to swirl.

Nobody knows what the next few months, and years, hold for Senzo's family and loved ones but one thing is certain: Senzo Meyiwa's legacy will never die!

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