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Remembering Senzo Meyiwa - A Leader, A Sports Hero

A Sporting Hero and Leader Remembered: the nation is in mourning over the violent death of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates Captain Senzo Meyiwa. He was shot and killed overnight after a group of armed men stormed into the house he was in, with his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo. It’s understood he was trying to protect her when he was shot and was rushed to the Botshelong Hospital to be pronounced dead on arrival. EWN Correspondent, Masego Rahlaga:

The Commissioner is starting a bit late, but we do expect her to give details around the violent crime from yesterday. Police have also announced a R150 000 reward to be offered to those who can find the three suspects that made off after killing Meyiwa.

What additional investigative measures does the SAPS have?: Earlier on Cape Talk’s Breakfast with Kieno Kammies, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega announced measures put in place to solve this incident:

We have put together a special task team to look into this matter – it’s a multi-disciplinary and multi-department task team to get to the bottom of this sooner rather than later.

Is Meyiwa’s murder evidence of the prevalence of violence in SA society?: Prof. Johan Burger of the Institute for Security Studies:

It’s always a challenge. We know that most murders are often unrelated to aggravated robberies, although there have been increases in robberies. There is a worrying gap between successful prosecution and these crimes. There has to be some kind of ‘celebrity’ before we can pay attention to the high number of murders. There’s been somewhere along the lines of 17 000 murders committed over the last year, so there is an increase. Most of our murders happen between people that know each other – this is the easiest kind of crime to solve. The issue is with solving more difficult cases, where perpetrators can leave clues and leads, but we do need a dedicated detective agency within the police service to investigate this. We know that the SAPS have been suffering within the detective service, which has to be supported by a well-functioning crime intelligence system, which is also suffering.

How are Meyiwa's colleagues and the connected football fraternity coping?: EWN Sport’s Marc Lewis:

The Orlando Pirates players haven’t left since the press conference (which was at 11:00am today), visibly distressed. Irvin Khoza has tears streaming down his face, so does Shakes Mashaba. Bafana and the Orlando Pirates Football Club have said he was always the man to go in decision-making, a peace keeper and a real leader. The Sudan (vs Bafana) game and Soweto Derby will both be postponed, approved by SAFA, following a request from the Orlando Pirates Football Club.

SABC football analyst David Kekana:

It is very sad. It pains me to see the tragic ending of a career that could do so much. You look at it and you say ‘Why do players have to lose their lives in this way?’ The biggest thing about him was humility – he did everything with a smile. You don’t find players of this nature – honest and keep to their word, like the likes of a Benson Mhlongo – who encourage players as well. He was also one of the best stoppers: when you look at him and Khune, they would be breaking stuff in their rooms because they would be throwing the ball around. Senzo was one of those bright sparks that would take Bafana to new heights, I mean, he’s gone through four games without conceding a goal for Bafana!

Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula:

The boy was on his peak and criminals took his life away. We have lost as a nation. I’ve spoke to his father and Orlando Pirates Chairman, Irvin Khoza. The rest of SA is poorer because of the loss of Senzo. Due to an act of criminality, the rest of South Africa – let’s work together, South Africa, to fight crime.

Leadership loss at Mzantsi’s first fully black owned accounting firm?: confirmation that Nonkuleleko Gobodo - South Africa's first black woman accountant - is going to leave the company she founded, which brings an end to the first era of the firm SizweNtsalubaGobodo:

I suppose as you say, it is the end of an era. My passion and vision was always to see a big, black significant firm and in the past three years, I have led the foundation of that. We merged the two firms successfullgy, the younger generation can take over now to take this vision forward. I am all about legacy leadership.

Finance Writer at the Business Day, Phakamisa Ndzamela on Gobodo’s move:

It’s a big legacy, I must say, but if I must say, the pioneer was Professor (Wiseman) Nkuhlu – this was the inspiration of Black Accounting in South Africa. The likes of Nonkululeko Gobodo and Sizwe Nxasana were inspired by Professor Nkuhlu and they have also said that time and again. Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo was built organically –this is not a firm that waited for an equity holding at one of the ‘Big 4’ firms, to be a BEE accounting firm – it grew this thing organically to become the 5th largest firm and the largest Black African firm in South Africa. For me, that’s a legacy and it shows that the propaganda that Africans have not created anything post-1994 is false. Parastatals will be key in grooming the pipeline of accountants. If companies like Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo continue to get big contracts from parastatals like Transnet, the IDC, Eskom and so on, allow guys to really cut their teeth and learn about things and the economy, within their professions. And let’s remember that people like Deloite when they started probably back in the 1940’s were auditing places like the IDC, so it’s nothing strange for a Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo to be auditing a parastatal.

Would Zuma snub Cameron on British turf…again?: a denial on Sunday from President Jacob Zuma that he cancelled his planned visit to the UK because British Prime minister David Cameron had refused to meet with him. EWN’s Diplomatic Correspondent, Jean Jacques Cornish:

These sort of things can happen, diaries can change – Presidential diaries particularly. But simply to deny there was a ‘right royal snub’ – as a newspaper described it – the fact is, he wasn’t there to visit David Cameron, it was effectively a private visit.The Brits haven’t taken very kindly to this – this is the second time this year that he’s cancelled a meeting at the last minute – and we wouldn’t want to upset Britain, as they provide 20 000 jobs in South Africa as it’s a source of long-haul tourism Zuma doesn’t seem to be taking the care that his predecessors had been.

The latest on the US’s moves to curb the spread of Ebola?: the US federal government is trying to stop certain American states from imposing mandatory quarantine on healthcare workers coming back from treating Ebola patients in West Africa. Lecturer at the Biko Centre for Bioethics, Dr Christopher Wareham:

In liberal societies, we’re entitled to prevent spread of diseases using the ‘harm principle’. But when our actions can influence the harms of other people, we are entitled to restrict that freedom. People are essentially kept separately from other people to prevent harm to society.

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