Demolish threat to Senzo’s unfinished dream home
Building rights could be revoked by traditional authority,property overgrown
SENZO Meyiwa’s incomplete dream home in the south of Durban could soon be demolished. The traditional authority in Adams Mission has warned that the slain Bafana Bafana goalkeeper’s ownership rights could be revoked by chief KS Makhanya, if his family fails further to consult with them.
Meyiwa’s family has never met with the traditional chief since his death in 2014, more than 1 000 days ago this week.
Mystery still surrounds the murder of the former Orlando Pirates captain in October 2014 by unknown gunmen at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s house in Vosloorus, Gauteng. Almost three years on, his killers are still at large.
Meyiwa, Khumalo and her two children, her mother Ntombi, her sister Zandile, Chicco Twala’s son Longwe, Mthokozisi Twala and Meyiwa’s friend from Durban, Tumelo Madlala, were all reportedly in the house when the fatal gunshots were fired.
A R250 000 reward promised by the police in 2014 has done little to crack the case.
On Wednesday, when the Sunday Tribune team visited what would have been Meyiwa’s massive five-bedroom retirement home, in the lush green hills the incomplete building was covered by overgrown shrubs and bush.
The local induna , Mbongeni Makhanya, said if the property remained neglected as it has been for the past three years, the traditional authority would repossess it and knock down the walls.
Meyiwa started building in 2013, and at the time of his death, the roof was still to be erected. A neighbour, who sold the plot of land to the slain goalkeeper and his wife, Mandisa Mkhize, said the price of the land in 2012 was R30 000.
Meyiwa was known to make regular visits when construction began, locals said.
Makhanya urged Senzo’s father, Sam Meyiwa, to approach the chief, to explain the family’s future plans for the house.
“They need to come to our traditional court and change the ownership of the house. Failure to do that could result in the Meyiwa’s losing the ownership of the site.
“We need to know what is holding them up in completing the building of the house. We can also advise them to sell the house so that they could benefit from its sale,” he said.
“If time passes with no word from the family, we will eventually demolish the walls and return the land to the chief because the land belongs to him. “They should use the opportunity to come forward. It has been three years since construction work began. Makhanya said that they too were at a loss after Meyiwa’s death because he would have encouraged other professionals to become residents of the area, and that the area has drawn township dwellers to build homes there. W h e n Meyiwa’s father was contacted this week, h e said he was unaware he was expected to approach the traditional authority. “I will visit the chief this week to tell him about our wish to continue with the building. He said a lack of funds had stopped the family from completing the project. “We were hoping that Senzo’s money from his estate would be paid to us so that we can continue with the building. At this stage, we are broke. We are struggling to look after his three children,” he said.
However, two of Meyiwa’s other children from Mandisa Mkhize and Khumalo, live with their respective mothers.
In April, the then newly appointed police minister Fikile Mbalula promised that he would prioritise Meyiwa’s case.
There have been no public pronouncements from the minister since.
“I did contact Mbalula last month, he promised to get back to us but I am yet to get feedback on the matter. However, I am quite aware that he is a busy person, cracking this case demands his dedication. I cannot say I am disappointed with him at this stage, I just need to give him more time to investigate,” Meyiwa said.
Mbalula’s spokesperson, Esethu Hasane, said his office could not comment on the case because it was still under investigation.
Meanwhile, Gogo Zungu, who sold the plot of land five years ago, recalled how she was excited when Meyiwa and his wife Mandisa arrived to purchase the site.
“Meyiwa was very kind, he treated me like I was his mother. Every time he visited, he stopped by my house and gave me money by the hundreds. It was a very kind gesture from him,” Zungu recalled.
The frail woman, now in her 70s, said the former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper would sometimes buy groceries for her family.
Another neighbour, Samkelo Cele, shared the “good times” they had when Meyiwa visited the site. He said Meyiwa was a calm man and a people’s person.
“He brought beers to share with amagents (the gents) and the construction workers. His aim was to settle down with his wife and kids once his playing days were over.
“But he also wanted to occasionally sleep over at his place when he was in Durban for soccer matches and during the festive holidays,” said Cele.
He said hearing of Meyiwa’s death was painful.
“He was not a violent person. We still need closure on his death but it seems like the police are reluctant to do their job,” he said.
Cele said the community was also concerned that the house could be used by drug addicts if it was left neglected.
Meyiwa said he planned to have a mass prayer at the family house in uMlazi in October to pray for his son’s killers to be arrested.
National police spokesperson Vish Naidoo said: “The investigation into Meyiwa’s death is still continuing and there has been no new developments.
“We urge anyone, who has information that could assist us in this investigation, to please come forward.” “SENZO ran into my hands he had blood on his chest and back. I knew he had been shot.”
This is the scene singer Kelly Khumalo described to fans at her Up Close and Personal with Kelly Khumalo concert in Joburg on Thursday evening.
She shared slain Senzo Meyiwa’s last moments with the crowd when she played a voice clip recalling the details of the fateful Sunday, October 26, 2014, that claimed the life of the South African goalkeeper.
The Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain died after being shot at Kelly’s family home in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, during an alleged robbery.
“We were having a great day. Just as we were about to leave, there was a bang at the door and it opened with two guys walked in. One pointed a gun at me, demanded money and cellphones and I ran to my sister’s room.
“He followed me. I pushed the door. Trying to close it. He pushed back and I pushed again.
“Up until today I do not know why he gave up on pushing, but he did for some reason,” she said.
Kelly explained that as she fought for her life she realised that she didn’t know where her children were. She knew they were in the house, but she didn’t know where.
“Later on I realised that my children were in the house. When I opened the door, my mom, Senzo and his friends were fighting the intruders. My son watched it all happen,” she said.
At the time, it was alleged that two men entered the house and demanded cellphones, money and other valuables.
A tearful Kelly told the crowd how she rushed to her son’s room when she heard two gunshots and when Senzo ran to her covered in blood she knew he had been shot.
“Then Senzo ran into my hands. I thought he was trying to protect me from the intruders but he had blood on his chest and back. That’s when I knew he had been shot.
“We couldn’t even wait for the ambulance to arrive. We rushed him to hospital. I did everything I could. I didn’t want him to think I gave up on him. I prayed until I had no more words to say,” she said.
“South Africa may have lost its No 1 (goal)keeper. I lost my No 1 fan.” Senzo’s killers are still at large. In May this year, top private investigator Rick Crouch said the investigation into the murder of Meyiwa could now be described as a “cold case”.
“Police have got nothing in their investigation,” Crouch said.
Anyone who may have information which could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of the shooting death, should contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or SMS Crime Line at 32211.