Meyiwa suspect in court in S Africa

Senzo Meyiwa playing for South Africa in friendly against Australia in Sydney 26 May 2014 Senzo Meyiwa was South Africa’s captain and goalkeeper

A suspect has appeared in court in South Africa over the killing of national football captain Senzo Meyiwa.

The man, named as Zanokuhle Mbatha, 25, faces charges of murder and armed robbery and will appear again on 11 November. Police had offered a reward for information on the attack.

Meyiwa, 27, was shot on Sunday apparently after burglars entered his girlfriend’s house near Johannesburg.

His death has highlighted the high rates of violent crime in South Africa.

Mr Mbatha’s brief court appearance came after he was picked out at an identity parade by witnesses.

“Zenokuhle Mbatha, a 25-year-old, has been remanded in custody and will reappear in court on November 11, 2014,” a South African police statement said, adding that it would continue with its investigations.

“There are still other suspects outstanding and we appeal to the public to continue providing information in support of the investigation,” the statement continued.

The killing of the popular athlete shook South Africa, whose president Jacob Zuma said that “words cannot express the nation’s shock” at the death.

Meyiwa’s funeral will take place on Saturday at the Moses Mabhida stadium in his home town of Durban.

The following day, the South African football team will play their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the stadium in honour of Meyiwa.

South Africa President Jacob Zuma (L) poses with Senzo Meyiwa (R) in Soweto, South Africa on 15 January 2013President Jacob Zuma (L), pictured here with Meyiwa in 2013, said words could not express the nation’s shock

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October 31st, 2014

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