- Ntombifuthi says it has been an agonizing six years since her son was murdered
- The Meyiwa family is hopeful that the arrests are the beginning of closure
- Police Minister Bheki Cele announced that they have a “watertight” case against the suspects
By Wisely Manzini - Freelance Journalist
Senzo's mother, Ntombifuthi, has spoken out after the arrests of suspects in connection with the murder of her son Senzo Meyiwa.
In an exclusive interview with Briefly.co.za, the grieving mother opened up about her thoughts on the developing situation.
“Six years ago I lost a child, but today I feel like he’s risen from the grave. It’s a bitter-sweet moment for me and the entire Meyiwa family.”
This is how slain footballer Senzo Meyiwa’s mother, Ntombifuthi, reacted to the news that five suspects were nabbed on Monday in connection to her son’s murder on 26 October, 2014.
The news of the arrests came while the nation and football fanatics’ commemorated the sixth anniversary since the former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper was murdered.
He was shot at the home of his ex-lover and baby mama, songstress Kelly Khumalo in Vosloorus. He subsequently died in hospital.
“I have lived with excruciating pain, a wound that has not healed six years after the death of Senzo. What made it even more painful is the fact that his killers were not arrested. I cannot even begin to describe the pain that I’ve suffered for the past six years,” Ntombufuthi told Briefly.co.za, sighing heavily between her words.
“I can’t wait to see the people behind the death of my son," she added.
Ntombifuthi said she wished her husband, Meyiwa’s father, Sam, was still alive to witness justice being served.
“That’s why I say It’s a bitter-sweet moment for us as the family because his father, who had fought to see justice being served, is no longer around to witness this day,” she said.
Meyiwa’s father died last year in July after a short illness. Meyiwa’s brother, Siyabonga, also welcomed the arrests.
“This is long overdue but we are happy as a family. We hope this would unmask the killers of my brother. It’s been a difficult six years for us as the family. What have made matters worse for us were the twists and turns that had plagued this murder case. It was difficult even to eat knowing that my brother’s killers are somewhere having fun while we as the family are grieving six years after Senzo died,” said Siyabonga.
On Monday, Police Minister Bheki Cele announced that five suspects had been arrested in connection with Meyiwa’s murder. Cele said arrests were made between 8am and 10am in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal respectively.
The minister also visited the Meyiwa family in uMlazi on Monday to update the family about the arrest of the suspects. He would not reveal more details about the suspects, saying more arrests were on the cards. The suspects are expected to appear in court on Tuesday.
Mzansi social media users had their own reactions to the news:
Meanwhile, Kelly Khumalo was once again trending in Mzansi as the police have announced five arrests in the Senzo Meyiwa case. Many social media users are suspecting that Kelly Khumalo may be one of the detained suspects.
A Sunday Independent report claimed that five alleged hitmen have been issued with arrest warrants. The report claimed that the suspects are already in prison for other crimes committed and are expected to appear in court this week.
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