The tragic incident took place on Sunday evening, ending the life of a much-loved and respected national team shot-stopper
South Africa and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead on Sunday in Vosloorus, South Africa.
The exact details of the incident are yet to transpire, but the South African Police Service (SAPS) have provided confirmation of the South African international’s tragic death.
The 27-year-old was declared dead upon arrival at hospital, according to the authorities, who appealed for calm as people rushed to the hospital and the house where he was shot to grieve and pay their respects.
The Orlando Pirates star was in action as recently as Saturday, in his side’s 4-1 win over Ajax Cape Town in the quarter-final of the Telekom Knockout tournament.
Meyiwa captained Bafana during the recent 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Congo, Nigeria and Sudan, taking over the skipper’s armband in the absence of Kaizer Chiefs’ Itumeleng Khune.
Meyiwa’s contribution to the national team has been immense in the Afcon qualifiers, with Bafana yet to concede a goal after four games while topping their table ahead of Sudan, defending champions Nigeria and Congo.
Pirates Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza tweeted, “This is a sad loss to Senzo’s family especially his children, to Orlando Pirates & the nation.”
The club have announced that they will hold a press conference on Monday.