South Africa Celebrates 100 Days After Senzo Meyiwa Death
It’s been 100 days since the death of Senzo Meyiwa on October 26 and the South African government, families and friends of the deceased gathered to commemorate his passing away.
The country’s football governing body, SAFA released a statement, covering 18 other shooting incidents that have occurred since the death last year at girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo’s house.
‘Just weeks into 2015, gun violence dominates South Africa’s headlines.
‘An eight-year-old girl has been killed in crossfire as a neighbour tried to shoot his wife; a man killed his wife then himself in a police station while filling out a domestic violence incident form; and a 10-year-old found his dad’s gun under the mattress and killed his nine-year-old friend.
‘The police have failed to make any significant progress in finding Meyiwa’s killers. This is not justice.
‘We know that one of the most important elements in healing and recovery is for the survivors, and those left behind, to see that justice is done – not revenge – but bringing his killers to book.
‘On behalf of all the victims and survivors of gun violence we urge the police to put their substantial resources to effective use in pursuing the perpetrators of violent crime.
‘We also call on all those who live in South Africa to actively engage with public and community safety initiatives: make your street, your block, and your neighbourhood a safe place for all who live there. Don’t turn a blind eye; take action to rid our country of the scourge of gun violence by reporting illegal guns and illegal gun use.’
Meyiwa’s absence in the Bafana Bafana line-up was felt at the2015 Nations Cup finished last in Group C, conceding six goals and scoring just three.