Sunday, 2 November 2014

Thousands Attend Funeral Of SA Captain Senzo Meyiwa

Thousands of crying South Africans said farewell to murdered national team goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa at a packed stadium in Meyiwa’s hometown of Durban yesterday.
South African police officers salute the coffin of Senzo Meyiwa as thousands of members of the public watch the proceedings

South Africa has been in mourning for the past week after the popular national team player and captain was shot dead during a botched robbery at his girlfriend’s home last Sunday.
A suspect appeared in court on Friday and was charged with the murder of the popular goalkeeper.

The 27-year-old’s flag-draped coffin was carried into the stadium by his team-mates and across the pitch by members of the South African Police as the memorial service got underway.

A picture taken in January 2013 shows South Africa President Jacob Zuma (left) posing with Senzo Meyiwa during his visit to the national team in Soweto

Team mates and mourners wiped away tears as they watched video clips showing father of three Meyiwa training, diving to make saves, or pumping his arms in celebration of a win.

The funeral was attended by Meyiwa’s widow, politicians, footballers, celebrities and members of the general public who wished to pay their respects to the much-loved player.
Mourners hold a poster calling for justice, while next to it a scarf of Meyiwa's club Orlando Pirates is held aloft

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