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 African national team.

On 27 October 2014, Meyiwa was shot and killed in Vosloorus during a robbery at the home of his girlfriend, actress and singer Kelly Khumalo. He was declared dead on arrival at hospital in Johannesburg. Three people were believed to have been involved in the shooting, and police released composite images of two suspects. One suspect, Zanokuhle Mbatha, was arrested on 31 October and appeared in court, but he was freed on 11 November due to lack of evidence.  Meyiwa’s death sparked outrage over the country’s high crime and murder rates.

Football star Senzo Meyiwa’s father on Thursday dismissed Kelly Khumalo’s assertions that she would not allow the Meyiwas access to her daughter Thingo.

Samuel Meyiwa, 63, said his grandchild was a part of the family and would one day ask about her roots.

“She is speaking nonsense. That child has Meyiwa blood. I am not bothered by what she said. When the child grows up she will ask questions about her father,” said Samuel.

Khumalo, who was a guest on Anele Mdoda’s programme Real Talk which aired on SABC3 on Wednesday, said during the interview that the Meyiwas would not see their granddaughter.

Meyiwa disagreed.

“Kelly will have to tell her who killed her dad and where he was killed. I am now pinning my hopes on this child. She is growing up and one day she will learn how her father was killed at her mother’s home. She will come back to tell us everything,” he said.

The police are no closer to solving the case of who killed Senzo while he was at Khumalo’s home in Vosloorus in October 2014.

Sam said that the family last saw their granddaughter when she was very young.

“She was ill and we needed to perform a ritual. Kelly’s mother brought her and I did it. They left and she has been fine since.”


He also spoke out about Khumalo’s comments regarding his son.

“She has recently said that being in love with Senzo had been a waste of her time. How does she dare speak so ill of my child who died?” he asked.

Samuel decried the fact that no arrests had been made after almost two years.

“The police came for the first time about two months ago to tell us what we already knew, yet no arrests have been made. I cannot be silent. If I do not talk, nothing will ever happen. I will continue speaking about my pain.”


He said the family were battling to make ends meet while they waited for Senzo’s money to be paid out.