By Joana Arries-Tagoe

Six years [26 October 2014] after former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper – Senzo Robert Meyiwa was shot and killed in a robbery attack that occurred in Vosloorus [Ekurhuleni], a seemingly breakthrough has emerged as five suspects have been arrested by the South African Police.

Shot in the home of his girlfriend [Kelly Khumalo] after argument inside the house, Meyiwa was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital in Johannesburg.

Three people who were believed to have been involved in the shooting were arrested.

Meanwhile, one suspect Zamokuhle Mbatha, who was arrested on October, 31 was freed on 11 November due to lack of evidence having appeared in court.

But, South African Police minister Bheki Cele has announced a major breakthrough yesterday, saying that five suspects have been arrested:

Statement from the South Africa Police
Statement from the South Africa Police

“I am happy to announce that there has been a breakthrough in the Senzo Meyiwa case,” said Cele.

“The first five suspects have been arrested between 8am until 10am this morning in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal.

“These arrests are as a result of much disciplinary intervention approach to these investigations which is working closely with the director of public prosecutions.

“The South African Police Service and the prosecution team are confident that we have a water tight case against all the suspects. At this point we cannot reveal any further information as the investigation is ongoing and more arrests cannot be ruled out,” he said.

Cele further explained why the Meyiwa family has not been updated on the latest developments;

“The family has been updated all other times but not this time, expect that the Minister will be speaking to the family at around 18:00 tonight.

“The problem this time has been too many leaks, so we didn’t want to put further confusion to the family as if we are briefing them on leaks, as if we are part of the leaks as the police.”