South African Football Team Captain is Dead
South African Football Team – Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead after two gunmen entered a house in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg while an accomplice waited outside. The 27-year-old Meyiwa was shot in the upper body.
Malila said investigators were treating the incident as an attempted robbery, and a murder investigation was underway. He said no arrests had yet been made and there had been seven people in the house before the two intruders entered. No one else was injured.
South Africa’s national police commissioner Riah Phiyega was due to hold a media conference on the shooting later on Monday as a manhunt for the suspects was launched. Orlando Pirates said in a statement that it “has learned with sadness about the untimely death of our number one goalkeeper and current captain Senzo Meyiwa.”
Meyiwa was recently made South Africa’s captain and led the team in four qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations this year, including its last game, a 0-0 draw with Republic of Congo on Oct. 15. He played for Orlando Pirates on Saturday in a 4-1 win over Ajax Cape Town in a cup competition.
South Africa has a high rate of violent crime, an issue that was raised during the recent trial of Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius, who claimed he shot and killed his girlfriend by mistake during the night after mistaking her for a dangerous intruder in his home.
It’s the second death to hit South African sport in three days after former 800-meter world champion and Olympic silver medalist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was killed in a car crash on Friday. South African President Jacob Zuma released a statement on Meyiwa’s death, saying “words cannot express the nation’s shock at this loss.”