Senzo life in­sur­ance pay­out de­layed

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The claim for late Or­lando Pi­rates and Bafana Bafana goal­keeper Senzo Meyiwa’s life in­sur­ance has been de­layed be­cause some of the po­ten­tial ben­e­fi­cia­ries of his pol­icy are still con­sid­ered to be sus­pects in his mur­der, City Press has learnt.

“The in­sur­ance com­pany is also wait­ing for the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion to be com­pleted be­fore the pay­out,” said a source close the Meyi­was.

A num­ber of peo­ple close to Meyiwa were taken in for ques­tion­ing shortly af­ter his mur­der.

Meyiwa (27) was shot dead by in­trud­ers in ac­tress and singer Kelly Khu­malo’s mother’s house in Vosloorus in Oc­to­ber. Khu­malo was his girl­friend at the time

Po­lice were in­formed by those in the house that night that Meyiwa had been shot by armed rob­bers.

When the shoot­ing hap­pened, Meyiwa was in the com­pany of Khu­malo; her sis­ter Zandile; their mother, Ntombi; Zandile’s boyfriend, Longwe Twala; and two friends from Dur­ban, Tumelo Mad­lala and Mthokozisi Twala.

Senzo’s fa­ther, Sa­muel, has ex­pressed frus­tra­tion at de­lays in pay­ing out the re­ported R5 mil­lion ex­pected from the life in­sur­ance taken out by his son’s football club, Or­lando Pi­rates, through the Premier Soc­cer League. The pol­icy was ad­min­is­tered by Del­phisure Group In­sur­ance Bro­kers.

City Press con­tacted the in­sur­ance com­pany on Thurs­day and of­fice man­ager Ralph Clapham con­firmed that Meyiwa was in­sured by the com­pany, but re­fused to dis­close de­tails of the ex­pected set­tle­ment, or rea­sons for the de­lay.

“We in­sure a num­ber of soc­cer play­ers in the coun­try. I’m sorry, our pol­icy doesn’t al­low us to di­vulge con­fi­den­tial client in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

Speak­ing to City Press on Fri­day, Sa­muel said he was sur­prised to learn that the ex­pected pay­out was in the re­gion of R5 mil­lion.

The Meyi­was are still in the dark about how much is due to them and whether their son had drawn up a will.

“We are still wait­ing for the let­ter of au­thor­ity from the lawyers, which will de­ter­mine who must get what,” he said.

Sa­muel said he was very dis­ap­pointed to read in the tabloids that Khu­malo had hired a lawyer to claim a share of the money.

“My son had three kids. I strongly be­lieve all his daugh­ters will get their share from their fa­ther’s life cover, be­fore ev­ery­one else,” he said.

Senzo and Khu­malo had a child to­gether be­fore he died.

Sa­muel said that although they were strug­gling fi­nan­cially, as a fam­ily their main con­cern was to find out who killed their beloved son.

He re­fused to com­ment on spec­u­la­tion that the de­lay in pay­ing out the in­sur­ance money was be­cause some of the po­ten­tial ben­e­fi­cia­ries were sus­pects in the mur­der.

It’s been al­most a year since the mur­der, but the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion seems to be mov­ing at a slow pace.

“It’s been very tough for us fi­nan­cially for the past few months. But that doesn’t mean we have to put more pres­sure on our lawyers. They are also wait­ing for the po­lice of­fi­cers to com­plete the in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” Sa­muel said.

“Money can’t re­place a soul. We won’t lose hope. One day the truth will come out. I’m tired of fight­ing this bat­tle. I have let God take over.”

Senzo Meyiwa

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