Senzo has left us poorer

JOHANNESBURG - As I write this I am still shocked, saddened and outraged that I will not be talking or seeing my beloved colleague Senzo Meyiwa.

At 27, the big goalkeeper was still to realise his full potential but quickly on the way there.

I talk of him as my colleague but he was more of a young brother by virtue of his age. Also this is how me and him interacted; we had that mutual respect for each other.

I related to him as the leader of the team and he respected me for my role within that set-up.

Ours was a cordial relationship.

Whenever, we met during breakfast, lunch or supper, he would greet everyone around with his usual infectious smile.

I once asked him if ever he had any dull moments to which he answered that life was too short for one to be sullen.

Little did he know that sure his life was going to be cut short by some senseless people at the prime of his career.

On Sunday evening, he was gunned down on the East Rand, Johannesburg at the house of his girlfriend, singer and actor Kelly Khumalo with whom he had a baby with.

I was probably one of the first people to be made aware of this tragedy.

I got a call when I was at Heathrow Airport in UK and about to board a flight to Mzansi when one of the soccer officials requested me to investigate whether the news filtering in were true that Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was shot dead on the East Rand.

My tweet rapidly evoked frantic responses from the public with most accusing social media users of spreading unfounded and alarmist messages.

Twenty minutes later, the sad news was confirmed. Senzo was no more. Gunned down in cold-blooded murder by intruders who stormed the house they were having party at in Vosloorus.

Apparently he was trying to shield his girlfriend from the violent intruders who mistook the move as resistance.

Senzo will be buried today in Umlazi, just outside Durban where he was born.

Orlando Pirates chairman, Irvin Khoza said he was devastated by Senzo’s killing.

He told mourners that he had taken the goalkeeper from his parents when he was only 14 and will now be returning him in a coffin.

“I will never find closure to that,” he said.

Safa president, Danny Jordaan said the Association had decided to take the 15 November AFCON game against Sudan from Mbombela in Mpumalanga to Moses Mabhida in Durban as part of paying tribute to Bafana Bafana captain.

As part of reducing the proliferation of illegal guns which are all over, SAFA would also introduce what is now called the ‘Senzo Meyiwa Gun Law’ which encourages all unlicensed guns to be handed over to authorities.

The association will also erect a huge Statue of Meyiwa in front of Safa House just outside the home of Mzansi soccer, FNB Stadium.

“We want when anyone visit Safa House to first of all be greeted by Senzo,” he told mourners at the Memorial Service this week.

Personally, I will find it difficult to find closure to this tragedy until the callous killers of Senzo are brought to book.

Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula this week warned all those hiding the perpetrators to hand them over to the authorities to avoid allowing members of the public to take the law into their own hands.

Go well Senzo, you have left us pooper!

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