As today marks exactly two years since renowned Orlando Pirates captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was gunned down, his family believes his soul is not resting well.
He is not resting in peace. He sees our struggles. He is not happy,” his father Sam told Sowetan yesterday.
Senzo, 30, who was also Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, was gunned down at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s family home in Vosloorus, on the East Rand exactly 730 days ago.
Meyiwa senior said the family had been struggling to deal with his son’s murder and the lack of an update on police investigations was tearing them apart.
He said the prolonged delay in the payout of his son’s life insurance, administered by the Premier Soccer League and underwritten by Delphisure Group Insurance, was adding salt to the wound.
“I would have loved to perform a ritual in honour of my son but I do not have the money. It is critical that the family performs the ritual. Kwamele simbuyise [we have to take his spirit home], he said.
“No one is employed in the family. Senzo was the breadwinner. We all depended on him. Life is hard for us. Every day is a struggle.”
For the ritual, they would have to buy a cow and a goat to slaughter, Meyiwa said. They would then talk to the ancestors and ask that they should welcome Senzo.
“Everything that has something to do with Senzo is stuck. There is no way forward. The worst part is that people do not answer my calls or respond to my text messages.
“I cry for my son every day. I think about him all the time. He worked hard for his family but the people he worked for have forgotten everything that he did for them.”
Meyiwa said it would give them hope if there was an arrest or the money was paid out. “These people are killing me while I am still alive.”
Delphisure office manager Ralph Clapham said: “Our client has prohibited us from speaking about this matter. I am aware of it but cannot give further information.”
Meyiwa said he did not care about the tribute song Khumalo wrote for Senzo. “I do not want anything to do with her. I must have known that my son would be killed in her home. I never liked her.”
Meyiwa said he was pinning his hopes on Thingo, Senzo’s daughter to seek them out. “The child will ask questions about her father. She will want to know how he died, where and why. I pray one day the truth about my son’s death will come out. I know it will.”
Police spokeswoman Brigadier Sally de Beer did not respond to requests for comment yesterday.