Updates from Friday, Oct. 31
The Associated Press (via The Guardian) has an update on the investigation into Senzo Meyiwa's arrest:
A suspect has been charged with the murder of Senzo Meyiwa, South Africa’s national football team captain, authorities said on Friday.
The suspect, 25-year-old Zenokuhle Mbatha, will be held in custody until his next court appearance on 11 November, according to the Twitter account of the South African police force.
The suspect also faces a charge of armed robbery, said Nathi Mncube, spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority.
South Africa international and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was fatally shot on Sunday after he tried to protect his girlfriend from intruders.
The South African Police Service confirmed the news, announcing they had opened an investigation into the beloved player's death:
The Police Service later provided more information on the incident that led to Meyiwa's death:
Provincial Community Safety official, Sizakele Nkosi-Malubane, told reporters of Meyiwa's efforts to protect girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, reported by Reuters via Eurosport:
"Two guys entered the house and demanded cellphones, money and other valuables," Nkosi-Malubane explained. "Senzo tried to protect Kelly because one of the men had a gun pointed towards her."
The Pirates also confirmed news of the keeper's death, issuing condolences via their Twitter account:
The 27-year-old was a member of the Pirates' squad that won back-to-back Premier Soccer League titles between 2010 and 2012, and one of the country's most popular players. He started Bafana Bafana's last four AFCON qualifiers and had yet to concede a single time, via Goal.com.
He played for Orlando in their 4-1 win over Ajax Cape Town on Saturday in the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals.
Football journalist Melissa Reddy, who worked with Meyiwa, was devastated when she heard the news:
More fans and journalists expressed their condolences, including Primedia Broadcasting's Yusuf Abramjee:
South African teammate Dean Furman joined the thousands reacting in shock and horror:
Details surrounding Meyiwa's death are scarce as police continue their investigation.