Senzo Robert Meyiwa was a South African footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Orlando Pirates in the Premier Soccer League, and for the South Africa national team. He was shot and killed in a robbery on 26 October 2014.

Murder and robbery charges have been dropped against the man who was arrested over the killing of Senzo Meyiwa.

According to National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube, Zenokuhle Mbatha the accused, was released because there was “insufficient evidence” to continue with a case against him.

Mbatha, 25, did not appear in court in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, for the charges to be formally withdrawn in order to protect him and his family, Mncube said.

Meyiwa was in an apparent house robbery while visiting his girlfriend in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg.

Mncube said some of the evidence against him was “contradictory” and prosecutors felt they would not be able to secure a conviction on either of the two charges.


No other arrests have been announced over Senzo’s killing, although police say they have questioned 13 people.

The police has offered a promising reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers.