The 27-year-old Orlando Pirates goalkeeper died on Sunday after suffering a single shot through the chest at the home of girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, a local actress and singer, in the township of Vosloorus.
“Two guys entered the house and demanded cellphones, money and other valuables,” provincial Community Safety official Sizakele Nkosi-Malubane told reporters at the scene.
“Senzo tried to protect Kelly because one of the men had a gun pointed towards her.”
Police said two men entered Khumalo’s house about 8 p.m. local time (1800 GMT) where Meyiwa was in a party of seven in the house. A third assailant waited outside the house and all three fled immediately after the shooting.
Meyiwa was declared dead on arrival at hospital, the police added.
South Africa coach Ephraim Mashaba comforted several of Meyiwa’s team mates who had arrived at the hospital not long after the shooting.
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