Five suspects linked with the murder of former Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa have been arrested, South African Minister of Police Bheki Cele has confirmed.
The ex-Orlando Pirates captain was shot at the home of his former girlfriend, singer Kelly Khumalo, in Vosloors, East Rand in October 2014.
October 26, 2020 marks exactly six years since Meyiwa’s shocking murder at the home of then-girlfriend, singer and actress Kelly Khumalo, a major breakthrough in the investigation has been made with the arrests of 5 people in connection with the murder.
South African Minister of Police Bheki Cele announced in an official press briefing that South African police Services (SAPS) has a ‘watertight’ case and evidence against the five unnamed suspects, who were detained between 08h00 and 10h00 on Monday.
“After gathering sufficient intelligence, information and evidence, I’m happy to announce that there has been a breakthrough in the Senzo Meyiwa case,” Cele said.
The incident was initially understood to be a robbery gone wrong, but the potential killer or killers had not been identified until the recent implementation of new cold-case techniques into the murder.
Kick Off reported that the murder weapon has been retrieved, with one of the suspects strongly linked to the said firearm, marking the biggest breakthrough since Meyiwa’s untimely passing in 2014.
Three of the suspects arrested were not in the house in Vosloroos at the time of the shooting, while more arrests are set to take place, SAPS promised.
The breakthrough comes 15 months after the passing of Meyiwa’s father Sam, who had fought tirelessly and courageously for justice to be brought in the death of his son.
“Investigations are ongoing and more arrests cannot be ruled out,” Cele reiterated. “While six years have gone by, we remain confident that these arrests are the start of bringing closure.”