Cele tells fam­ily Senzo case is top pri­or­ity

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MALIBONGWE MDLET­SHE

PO­LICE Min­is­ter Bheki Cele was among those who paid tribute to Bafana Bafana goal­keeper Senzo Meyiwa, who was mur­dered in mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances four years ago.

Cele, who was seen con­sol­ing Senzo’s Meyiwa’s fa­ther, Sam, was among the top po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship at the first Senzo Meyiwa Com­mem­o­ra­tion Cup held at the King Zwelithini Sta­dium in umlazi yes­ter­day.

The celebrity soc­cer matches were to field high-pro­file for­mer and cur­rent soc­cer play­ers and to give up-and­com­ing foot­ballers a plat­form to show­case their talent.

It came just a week af­ter the Senzo Meyiwa Walk held in his home town of umlazi. The walk was aimed at high­light­ing the scourge of gen­der­based vi­o­lence.

How­ever, Cele was tightlipped about the po­lice’s strat­egy to fi­nally bring Meyiwa’s killers to book four years af­ter the top-flight soc­cer player was slain.

“I was there at Senzo’s funeral,” said Cele. “I un­der­stand the pain felt by the na­tion af­ter his loss.

“A lot of pres­sure has been ex­erted by stu­dents at the higher in­sti­tu­tions who of­ten ask for up­dates on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. This case has be­come a pri­or­ity for po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate. It has been placed within the top five cases that need to be at­tended to,” Cele said.

Meyiwa was at his girl­friend Kelly Khu­malo’s fam­ily home in Vosloorus in Ekurhu­leni when he was killed in Oc­to­ber 2014.

There were six adults in the fam­ily home when Meyiwa died. In­clud­ing Khu­malo, her mother, sis­ter Zandi, two chil­dren, Meyiwa’s friend Tumelo Mad­lala and Longwe Twala, who was dat­ing Zandi at the time.

It was al­leged that crim­i­nals stormed into the house to rob the group who were hav­ing a party. To this day, Meyiwa’s killers are not known.

A man was ar­rested days af­ter his death, but the case against him was with­drawn as it ap­peared that po­lice had the wrong sus­pect. There has been lit­tle progress since.

Cele said: “Peo­ple should ex­er­cise pa­tience. My re­sponse to those ask­ing ques­tions and ac­cus­ing po­lice on this mat­ter is that they should keep in mind that our pris­ons are crowded be­cause of po­lice work. We’re not tak­ing Senzo’s death lightly but we will never al­low (our­selves) to be pushed un­til we lose fo­cus on the case,” he said.

Meyiwa’s dad, Sam, said: “To­day, I feel at ease. I hope there is a lot of good to come out of the pos­i­tive en­gage­ment with the min­is­ter. It re­ally shows peo­ple have not for­got­ten about Senzo.

“This will shake even those who’ve made empty prom­ises.”

PIC­TURE: ZANELE ZULU

Po­lice Min­is­ter Bheki Cele con­soles Sam Meyiwa dur­ing the Senzo me­mo­rial match at the King Zwelithini Sta­dium.

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