South Africa's football captain Senzo Meyiwa shot dead

THE captain and goalkeeper of South Africa's national football team, Senzo Meyiwa, has been shot dead, police have confirmed.

The shooting happened after several men entered a house in the Vosloorus township near Johannesburg at about 8pm local time on Sunday, police said.

"There was an altercation. Senzo Meyiwa was shot," the official South African police Twitter account said.

"Two suspects went into the house, one remained outside. The three fled on foot after the shooting."

Police said a reward of 150,000 rand (about £8,500) had been offered for information leading to an arrest.

"We can assure all South Africans that we will do all can to bring Meyiwa's killers book," police added.

"We know there are upset and hurt people at the house where incident occurred and at hospital. Calm please."

There were unconfirmed reports that Mr Meyiwa, who played for South Africa's Orlando Pirates team, had been at his girlfriend's house in Vosloorus when someone tried to rob him.

Teammates expressed their shock and grief in messages on Twitter.

Dean Furman, who plays for Doncaster Rovers, wrote: "Beyond devastated at the loss of our captain and friend Senzo Meyiwa. Thoughts and  prayers are with his family and friends at this terrible time."

And Andile Jali said: "Just got a call and I was sleeping but now I can't sleep."

The Pirates said: "The Orlando-Pirates family has learned with sadness of the untimely death of our number 1 keeper & captain Senzo Meyiwa."

Club chairman Dr Irvin Khoza added: "This is a sad loss to Senzo's family especially his children, to Orlando Pirates and the nation."

The Press Association contributed to this report.


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