By: Nomvula Ndlovu
A leader, enthusiastic, loving and hard working.
These are the words used that best described the Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana Captain, Senzo Meyiwa, at his memorial service on Friday.
The Durban City Hall was full to capacity as fans gathered to commemorate Meyiwa.
The service was graced with the presence of government officials and musicians who came to pay their tribute.
Meyiwa was shot dead at singer Kelly Khumalo’s home in Vosloorus, on the 26th of October, 2014.
The Orlando Pirates Public Relations Officer, Mickey Modisane, said that they lost a prominent player and close friend.
“We are gathered here under very terrible circumstances. We are here today to pay our last respects and get closure. As Orlando Pirates, we have lost an excellent asset and brother,” he said.
His childhood friend, Thulani Hlongwa, could not hold back the tears while lauding his friend.
He said, “ I never expected this day to come. Senzo has flown high the flag of uMlazi and KwaZulu-Natal. He was a magnificent person- his success did not change him. I applaud him for all that he has done in his lifetime.”
The KwaZulu- Natal Premier, Senzo Mchunu, described Meyiwa as a prolific player.
“Meyiwa was our captain in Bafana and most importantly he was our hero in KZN. We share our heart-felt solidarity with the Meyiwa family. Senzo was a valuable KZN brand ambassador who represented the province with distinction,” Mchunu said.
He added that they did all they could to insure that Meyiwa gets a befitting funeral.
“ We gave everything to ensure that everything that has to do with his funeral is handled with integrity and with the highest accord, befitting the hero that Senzo was,” he said.
Meyiwa’s funreal will be held on Saturday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and he will be buried at the Hero’s Acre.