- AfriForum has weighed in with its views on the recent announcements made concerning Senzo Meyiwa's death
- Advocate Gerrie Nel says that the lobby group does not believe the soccer icon died in a botched robbery
- Nel also revealed that he does not believe the key role player in the ordeal has been arrested yet
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AfriForum's Advocate Gerrie Nel says that he does not believe that Senzo Meyiwa died in a robbery that took a gruesome turn, but that the soccer icon was instead assassinated.
Nel explains that the challenge is to bring the mastermind responsible for the hit to justice, confirming that the assassination theory is also one held by the police. The notorious advocate says that this news comes from the police probe into the murder and that the information was shared with the Meyiwa family.
“We have been briefed to say this was not a robbery gone wrong. This was an assassination. So the one outstanding aspect here, and we are disappointed it hasn't happened yet, is to address the mastermind — because if there's a hit, there's a mastermind."
The first court appearance will be taking place on Tuesday but Nel revealed that the mastermind behind the murder has yet to be arrested. While Nel, speaking during a media briefing, applauded the arrests, he expressed his disappointment that the mastermind behind the crime remains at large.
Sifiso Meyiwa, the late icon's brother, says that he is still in shock over this development in the case:
“I am still in shock at what I am hearing ... Though we are grateful, we remain anxious that the mastermind has not been arrested. We remain hopeful that more arrests will follow."
Nel says that AfriForum is confident that its involvement in the matter had breathed new life into the investigation:
“We feel fairly confident that our involvement, change of the [police investigating] team and the movement of the case from one office to another put a new focus on the investigation and allowed people to just focus on the evidence and to move the case forward."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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 were 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."
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