- Police Minister Bheki Cele has confirmed that five suspects have been taken into custody for the murder of Senzo Meyiwa
- Cele made the announcement on the sixth anniversary of the soccer icon's tragic death
- The minister is confident that the authorities have a solid case against the men they believe are responsible
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Police Minister Bheki Cele has announced that five suspects have been taken into custody for the murder of Senzo Meyiwa. Monday marked the sixth anniversary of the soccer icon's death but National Commissioner General Khehla Sitole has denied claims that the date was deliberate.
The first five suspects in the murder case have been arrested this morning in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
Cele is adamant that the lengthy investigation, aided by the National Prosecuting Authority, has yielded concrete results:
“We are confident we have a watertight case."
Cele explained that a major cause of delays in the investigation had been a result of the information being leaked to the media, revealing the status of this high-profile case and impeding progress.
The first suspect will be appearing in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. More arrests are expected to take place later.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the police team probing the murder of Senzo Meyiwa scored a major breakthrough after finding the weapon used to kill the former Bafana Bafana legend.
A recent report claims that police have identified the man who allegedly fired the shots that would result in Meyiwa's death in October 2014. Meyiwa had died after unknown gunmen intruded on a party in the East Rand at the home of the musician and his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo.
A senior police official involved in the case explained that the firearm and the identity of the man accused of pulling the trigger were crucial to the investigation and signalled his hope that this would help solve the 'complex' case.
A number of reports meant to update police on the progress of the case revealed that the investigators had found the murder weapon in a safe at the Cleveland Police Station.
The man accused of the murder is currently in Johannesburg Prison serving a 30-year sentence for the 2015 murder of taxi boss Reggie Mohlala with the same firearm.
The arrest of one of the suspects linked to Meyiwa's murder in July saw investigators zoning in on the whereabouts of the firearm, finding that the firearm disposal form had been signed off in 2017, set for disposal.
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