South Africa erupted with reaction on social media, on the radio and various platforms following the reporting of a fatal shooting of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates Captain, Senzo Meyiwa.
Police confirmed that 27-year-old Meyiwa was shot dead in the Zamo section of Vosloorus on Sunday at 8pm at the home of girlfriend, Afropop star Kelly Khumalo.
Udo Carelse opened the lines on 702's John Robbie Show to a wave of tributes for the slain star:
An emotional goalie-in-arms, Moeneeb Josephs of Bidvest WITS (formerly of Orlando Pirates) expressed how Meyiwa was a 'gentle soul':
Fans have reacted calling the three suspects to be brought to book:
@Radio702 gone too soon— Isaac (@levy6303) October 27, 2014
With a media conference expected mid-morning by the Orlando Pirates, the Department of Sport and Recreation have also reacted to the news:
Meanwhile, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says that Meyiwa's murder is an indication of the escalation of the rate of murder in Gauteng:
I feel terrible, I feel devastated, it's one death too many for Gauteng. Senzo is a man that has three kids, and it has devastated his family. They are the greatest losers in this case. I hope the nation will give them the necessary support and space to mourn. (Following the shooting incident) we immediately cordoned the area, but no one was arrested yet. Our crime intellgience team and the SAPS are on the lookout for the gunmen and the third person and we are also compiling an identikit.
There's been an emphasis on keeping away from making insensitive comments, while all the relevant facts and evidence are being colated. DIRCO Spokesperson Clayson Monyela emphasised this, saying:
Monyela unpacked this tweet to Udo Carelse:
I was quite disturbed by the report from your reporter on the scene, picking up on a neighbour speculating that this could be a hit. I think it's extremely irresponsible and unethical, at a time like this when police haven't investigated fully. I think it's extremely insensitive and dangerous.