SENZO’S DAD LIVES IN FEAR

The goal­keeper’s fa­ther has al­legedly been threat­ened by peo­ple he be­lieves are the same hit men who killed his son

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Sa­muel Meyiwa is hid­ing from the same hit men he be­lieves gunned down his soc­cer player son Senzo.

The fa­ther of the slain Or­lando Pi­rates goal­keeper – who was shot and killed at his girl­friend Kelly Khu­malo’s mother’s house in Vosloorus in Oc­to­ber last year – told City Press that he feared for his life af­ter be­ing warned by hit men that if he doesn’t “keep quiet”, they’re go­ing to kill him.

“I would have been as­sas­si­nated if I didn’t get a tip-off from the po­lice on that Satur­day,” said the trou­bled Meyiwa, who has been in hid­ing since last month.

Pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesper­son Ma­jor Thu­lani Zwane con­firmed a case of in­tim­i­da­tion had been opened at Bhekithemba Po­lice Sta­tion in Um­lazi, Dur­ban, last month.

Two po­lice sources, who asked not to be named, told City Press that “we have also re­ceived threat­en­ing phone calls at the po­lice sta­tion that we must warn Sa­muel to stop shar­ing the new leads in Senzo’s case with the me­dia and public”.

One of the sources said the anony­mous caller had made it clear they would “as­sas­si­nate” Meyiwa if he did not shut up.

And Meyiwa told City Press: “I have been re­ceiv­ing death threats from strangers and, when I phone back, the per­son does not an­swer my calls.”

He said the threats started af­ter he told the me­dia he knew hit men had killed his son.

Meyiwa was quoted as say­ing: “Th­ese are well-known killers who get paid for their ser­vices.”

He said more than one uniden­ti­fied and oc­cu­pied ve­hi­cle had parked out­side his home in Um­lazi last month. “They were too late be­cause I had al­ready left my house,” he said. Meyiwa said he feared the rest of his fam­ily was also un­safe. “I’m scared that if th­ese hit men don’t find me, they will go af­ter my fam­ily,” he said. Meyiwa said he was in con­stant con­tact with po­lice.

But de­spite his fear, Meyiwa said he would not stop search­ing for his son’s killers.

“They should rather kill me. I’m not go­ing to keep quiet un­til I find the truth,” he fumed.

Meyiwa said he was still hope­ful the truth be­hind his son’s mur­der would emerge. But this may be a long time com­ing be­cause the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is not pro­gress­ing well.

In the days af­ter Senzo was killed, po­lice were told he had been shot by an armed rob­ber. At the time, Senzo was in the com­pany of Khu­malo; her sis­ter Zandile; her mother Ntombi; Zandile’s boyfriend, Longwe Twala; and two friends from Dur­ban, Mad­lala and Mthokozisi Twala.

Meyiwa still be­lieves the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers are drag­ging their feet when it comes to mak­ing an ar­rest. “This is very sad. The killers who mur­dered my son are still walk­ing free in the street. As the fam­ily, we are not go­ing to heal any­time soon. “If they kill me, my fam­ily won’t find clo­sure. Look what has hap­pened to my son – we still don’t know who killed him.

“I’m just hop­ing and pray­ing that one day some­one who was in the house with my son when he was gunned down will be racked with guilt and tell the truth,” he said. “My son didn’t de­serve to die like this.”

Sa­muel Meyiwa Senzo Meyiwa

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