The South African Premier Soccer League on Wednesday announced the payment of a R4 million life policy on murdered Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa.
In terms of the policy half the amount will be paid to the club‚ and half to the Meyiwa family‚ said PSL and Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza.
He told a news conference in Johannesburg that the policy pay-out closes one chapter in the Meyiwa saga‚ but the resolution of the ongoing police investigation into the goalkeeper’s killing is another that needs urgent attention.
“I think it’s nice to ease the pain of the family and also to deal with the speculations around this matter [the policy]‚” Khoza said.
“But what is important to me is not the money. What is important is that the murder of Senzo must be solved.
“It’s important for justice in South Africa‚ for the confidence of this country.”
Meyiwa was shot dead at the house of former girlfriend Kelly Khumalo in Vosloorus on October 26‚ 2014. Two armed men entered the house and an altercation broke out that Meyiwa reportedly intervened in.
The footballer had a daughter with wife Mandisa Mkhize‚ and another daughter with his mistress‚ Khumalo.
Former Safa CEO Raymond Hack‚ the administrator for the policy‚ said the pay-out to the family is directed at Meyiwa’s children.
Meyiwa family representative Siyabonga Meyiwa said part of the pay-out will be made available to the daughter Senzo Meyiwa had with Khumalo.
“We have made all the efforts to make sure Kelly’s child is also involved as a beneficiary‚ and that’s the intention going forward‚” Siyabonga Meyiwa said.
“As a family we are also making moves to meet with her.”
Meyiwa’s father‚ Sam Meyiwa‚ was present at the announcement at the PSL offices. Sowetan