National Police Commissioner confirms Senzo Meyiwa murder case to be reopened

National Police Commissioner confirms Senzo Meyiwa murder case to be reopened

- Slain Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa’s murder case has been placed under review by the SAPS

- National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole confirmed that the case was being dealt with at the highest levels in the SAPS

- Meyiwa was killed in what is thought to be an armed robbery, the case was later classified as cold when no arrests were made

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National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole has confirmed that the South African Police Services (SAPS) has placed slain Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa’s murder case under review. Sitole said the case was now being handled at the highest levels within the SAPS.

Meyiwa was shot and killed in October 2014 in what is thought to have been an armed robbery. Despite multiple eyewitnesses coming forward police were never able to arrest or prosecute anyone for the murder and the investigation was reclassified as a cold case.

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On Thursday, Sithole said the country’s most talked about and emotional case was being reopened as part of a turnaround strategy within the SAPS.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Sithole said part of this strategy was reopening cold case files and reviewing what might have gone wrong during the initial investigations and whether these cases had received the proper amount of resourcing.

Citizen.co.za reported that in June, police minister Bheki Cele said Meyiwa’s murder case was among the top five cases which police intended to solve and had the matter had been given the highest priority.

Sithole told Kickoff.co.za that the case would be handled by the highest qualified persons in the SAPS. He added that because of the emotive nature of the case and the fact that it drew the public’s attention like no other he would not make empty promises.

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Meanwhile, Meyiwa’s father suffered a stroke and was rushed to a hospital last week. It is believed his condition has been directly caused by the lack of progress in the murder investigation.

The senior Meyiwa’s health has according to various reports been on a steady decline since his son’s murder and the subsequent failure to find those guilty.

Meyiwa’s murder sparked outrage in South Africa and thrust the high rate of violent crimes into the public spotlight.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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