Friday, October 31, 2014 5:33 pm
A suspect in the killing of the captain of South Africa’s national soccer team, Senzo Meyiwa, has been arrested and made a brief court appearance, a spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority said on Friday.
Spokesman Nathi Mncube said the suspect, Zanokuhle Mbatha, had appeared in the Boksburg Magistrate court east of Johannesburg and the case was postponed until 11 November.
Twenty-five year old Mbatha — the first suspect to be arrested in the killing of the soccer star — was charged with “murder and armed robbery”, National Prosecution Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube told AFP.
He was arrested after he was positively identified by some witnesses during an identity parade after police released identikits.
“It was decided that this person should be arrested and charged,” police spokesman Solomon Makgale said in a statement.
He was remanded in custody until November 11 to allow him time to apply for legal aid.
Police said investigations into other suspects continue.
Meyiwa was hit by a single bullet in the chest on Sunday night while confronting two intruders at the home of his girlfriend, actress and singer Kelly Khumalo.
Meyiwa will be buried on Saturday in his hometown of Umlazi, a township on the edge of the Indian ocean port city of Durban. His death has highlighted the phenomenon of gun violence in South Africa, days after Pistorius was jailed for five years for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.
Even though South Africa’s murder rate has been gradually dropping, it remains one of the world’s most violent countries. Police recorded more than 17,000 murders last year, or 31 per 100,000 people – seven times the rate in the United States.