Man Released in S.Africa Soccer Star Killing Case

Prosecutors say they have dropped charges against a man who was arrested in the killing of South African national soccer team captain Senzo Meyiwa.

State prosecution spokesman Nathi Mncube said Tuesday there is “insufficient evidence” to proceed with a case against Zenokuhle Mbatha, who was arrested two weeks ago and charged with murder and robbery in the star goalkeeper’s shooting death.

Mncube says Mbatha has been freed and didn’t appear in a court on Tuesday in order to protect him and his family. Police said they were searching for three suspects. No other arrests have been announced.

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South Africa Delay Naming Slain Football Captain’s Successor

South Africa coach ‘Shakes’ Mashaba said Tuesday he will name a successor to slain captain Senzo Meyiwa on the eve of an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan.

 “I will decide who succeeds Senzo on the eve of the match,” Mashaba told reporters after naming a 26-man squad in Soweto for mid-November qualifiers against Sudan and Nigeria.

Bafana Bafana (The Boys) host Sudan in Durban on November 15 before travelling to west Africa for a November 19 final-round clash against Nigeria. There is no need to rush the decision — we need to think carefully about who succeeds Senzo in order to choose the right captain. My fellow coaches and I will have a good look at the players in camp because it will not be easy to replace Senzo as a goalkeeper and a captain. But will we do our best to find suitable replacements and life has to go on. We are confident whoever takes over will be able to deliver,” said the coach who wept publicly in the days before the burial of Meyiwa last Saturday.”

Defenders Tefu Mashamaite and Anele Ngcongca and midfielders Dean Furman and Andile Jali are possible choices as skipper.

S.Africa Footballer’s Murder was Robbery ‘Gone Wrong’

The murder of a South African football captain last week was a “robbery gone horribly wrong”, investigators said Monday, adding they were searching for other suspects involved in the crime.

Thirteen people have been questioned and one person has been arrested for the killing of Senzo Meyiwa, a 27-year-old goalkeeper who played for Bafana Bafana and top flight team Orlando Pirates.

Lieutenant-General Vineshkumar Moonoo told journalists they were confident that “the person we have charged was involved in the incident.”

Twenty-five year old Zenokuhle Mbatha was arrested in Vosloorus, south of Johannesburg, the same township where Meyiwa was gunned down by intruders while visiting his pop-star girlfriend.

Mbatha will make a second court appearance on Tuesday November 11.

Moonoo added that there were “two people who were directly involved in the accident.”

The suspects made off with a cell phone.

Police have offered a reward of 250,000 rand ($23,000) for any information leading to his killer’s arrest and conviction of the two suspects.

Local media reported that Meyiwa’s family have hired private investigators to conduct a parallel probe of the death.

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S.Africa Police Deny Making Arrests in Footballer Murder Case

South African police on Thursday denied making an arrest in connection with the killing of national football captain Senzo Meyiwa during a robbery at his pop-star girlfriend’s home.

According to public broadcaster SABC on Wednesday, two men were being held for questioning after they were arrested in Nongoma, in the eastern KwaZulu Natal province.

But police spokesman brigadier Neville Melila told AFP: “There is no arrest, (the) investigation continues, we have spoken to witnesses, so we are investigating. We are working through evidence.”

SABC said the suspects had been picked up following a tip-off by members of the public.

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Senzo Meyiwa Shooting: Suspect Images released

South African police have released composite images of two men suspected of killing national football captain Senzo Meyiwa.

Police have offered a reward of 250,000 rand (£14,000; $23,000) for information about the attack. Meyiwa’s death has once again highlighted the high rates of violent crime in South Africa.

Before releasing the pictures, police had described two of the suspects: one said to be tall, dark-skinned and slender with dreadlocks; the other was said to be short, dark-skinned and well-built. The men demanded mobile phones and valuables while a third man remained outside.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega told a press conference that Meyiwa was then shot once in the upper body as he moved towards the door. The three men then fled.

The footballer was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. His funeral is expected to take place on Saturday.

S.A Coach Cries for Senzo Meyiwa

South Africa’s head football coach, Shakes Mashaba has paid a tearful tribute to captain Senzo Meyiwa, who died after being shot by intruders.

Ephraim Mashaba said the footballer was “a very kind person”. “I’ve never seen Senzo being sad or angry,” he added.

The 27-year-old played for Orlando Pirates and had played in South Africa’s last four Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

On Saturday, he was in action for his club, when they progressed to the semi-finals of the South African League Cup.