Senzo Meyiwa To Be Buried on Saturday

Senzo Meyiwa was fatally shot by armed gunmen who had had an altercation with the South Africa footballer before firing upon him.

Updated: October 29, 2014 09:02 IST
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Orlando Pirates team mate Lucky Lekgwathi, right, with father of slain Senzo Meyiwa, Sam Meyiwa, second from left, at the family home of Senzo Meyiwa in Umlazi, near Durban.

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Slain South African soccer team captain Senzo Meyiwa will be buried on Saturday in his home town of Umlazi on the country's east coast.

Meyiwa's club, Orlando Pirates, announced the plans on Tuesday. The club said the funeral for the popular goalkeeper will be partly organized by the local government in the province of Kwazulu-Natal. (Senzo Meyiwa was killed trying to save girlfriend)

The 27-year-old Meyiwa was shot and killed in an apparent house robbery in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg on Sunday, leading to an outpouring of dismay and anger in South Africa.

Police have launched a huge operation to find three suspects in the killing.

Top South African sports officials including sports minister Fikile Mbalula, football association president Danny Jordaan and national team coach Ephraim Mashaba are planning to visit Meyiwa's family on Tuesday to offer condolences.

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