Wanted: Info on who gunned down South African football captain. Reward: $17.5k
South Africa football captain Senzo Meyiwa died after being shot on Sunday (Oct 26).
Police said he was gunned down following a dispute with two men.
Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said the 27-year-old goalie was gunned down at a house in Vosloorus, a township about 30 kilometres south of Johannesburg.
He was declared dead on admission to hospital.
Police later said there were seven people inside the house, including Meyiwa, when two suspects entered. Another suspect remained outside.
The cops did not comment on local reports saying that a row over a mobile phone caused the tragedy.
“There was an altercation and Senzo Meyiwa was shot. The three suspects fled on foot after the shooting.
We can assure South Africans that we will do all we can to bring Meyiwa’s killers to book.
A reward of up to R150 000 (S$17, 483) is being offered for any information that can lead to arrests.” Lieutenant-General Solomon, police spokesman to AFP.
Meyiwa played for Orlando Pirates, one of the most popular and successful South African football clubs.
The club confirmed on their Twitter account that the player had been killed.
Meyiwa last played for his club in Soweto on Saturday.
He had been in outstanding form for the national team during the recent 2015 Africa Cup qualifiers.
South Africa team-mates Dean Furman and Andile Jali were among the first to react to the Meyiwa tragedy on Twitter.
After many years in the shadows of South African football, Meyiwa finally climbed to fame for both club and country.
He displaced national squad goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs as first-choice at Pirates, the only South African side to be crowned African champions.
A recent injury to South Africa captain and goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune gave Meyiwa a chance in the national team, popularly known as Bafana Bafana (The Boys).
New national coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba not only promoted Durban-born Meyiwa to replace Khune but also made him captain of a team that has been in the doldrums for some years.
Meyiwa responded to his promotion by leading the team to victories over Sudan and Congo Brazzaville and draws with Congo and Nigeria, a country that South Africa traditionally struggle against.
He did not concede a goal in four matches.
Sources: AFP, Twitter