Plain clothes police officers at the Vooslorus house where Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot on Sunday, October 26. Meyiwa was rushed to hospital after sustaining a bullet wound, and was declared dead on arrival.
VOSLOORUS, Erkhuruleni - On Monday forensic experts lifted fingerprints from the scene of the shooting that led to the death of footballer Senzo Meyiwa.
The prints may help authorities track down three men who fled the scene. However, police do not yet know if the prints belong to the suspects.
Several officers spent most of Monday, October 27 at the house where the shooting occured, with a section of the road demarcated with yellow crime scene tape.
The fatal shot
Bafana Bafana captain Meyiwa was killed in a robbery at the house in Vosloorus, Erkhuruleni on Sunday, October 27.
He had been eating dinner with friends at a house occupied chiefly by his girlfriend&39;s mother, Ntombi Khumalo.
Kelly Khumalo and Meyiwa have a daughter. The couple appeared happy in their relationship and Khumalo had shared a picture of herself with Meyiwa on Instagram shortly before her boyfriend was shot dead.
Police said the incident occurred after 8pm when two men entered the house. A third man had waited outside, according to spokesperson Brigadier Neville Malila.
The three men fled on foot with a stolen mobile phone, said Malila.
Police on duty at the house on Monday said there was evidence of a scuffle.
"He was moving towards the door as another person was busy struggling with the attacker at the door," detective Charles Johnson told eNCA reporter Narissa Subramoney.
The shooting occured in the kitchen; forensic experts took photographs and lifted fingerprints in that room on Monday, but media were not allowed onto the property.
Ward 44 councillor Sammy Mohoaladi who observed some of the investigations, said police closed off the room and asked those living in the house not to tamper with the evidence until the crime scene experts had finished their work.
A relative said Kelly Khumalo&39;s mother Ntombi and a cousin were in the house throughout the day.
Khumalo arrived at the house around 8am with her younger sister but then left, reportedly for a nearby charge office. She had not returned to the house by sunset.
Crime scene experts began to remove the police tape at about 2pm and said they had lifted fingerprints. Ballistics expert Chris Mangena, who made headlines when he testified as an expert witness for the state during the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, was also on site.
No foul play, say police
Speculation as to the motive for the shooting was rife among neighbours and bystanders who came to watch what was happening at the scene from across the road throughout the day.
There was also overwhelming reaction to Meyiwa&39;s death from fans on social media.
South African athletes and some international footballing figures - including FIFA president Sepp Blatter - also sent condolences.
However, police said the evidence pointed to a shooting that occurred in a moment of panic during an armed robbery.
"Currently we do not have any evidence that suggests that this was a contract killing or that it was a hit," said Johnson.
News of Meyiwa&39;s killing prompted a few tearful press conferences on Monday.
Orlando Pirates manager Keith Khoza said, "I had a session with the players this morning and we did a bit of soul searching. There was a lot of sobbing and crying."
The same day National Police Commissioner Captain Riah Phiyega announced a reward increased to R250,000.
Police had originally offered R150,000 in exchange for information that would lead to the arrest and successful prosecution of those responsible.
By early Tuesday morning, no arrests had been made. This despite what one officer on the scene had said about police being "very close" to catching the culprits.