Senzo Meyiwa Murder Exposes South Africa's Scary Gun Violence

Senzo Meyiwa was South Africa's national goalkeeper. Even though South Africa's murder rate has been gradually dropping, it remains one of the world's most violent countries, with police recording more than 17,000 murders last year, or 31 per 100,000 people - seven times the rate in the United States.

updated: October 27, 2014 20:19 IST
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File photo of South Africa goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, who was recently shot dead.

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Johannesburg: South Africa's national soccer goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa has been shot dead by burglars during a break-in, a killing that shocked the country and turned the spotlight once again on gun violence here.

At an emotional news conference on Monday, Meyiwa's colleagues paid tribute to the 27-year-old, who was hit by a single round in the chest on Sunday night as he confronted two intruders at the home of actress and singer Kelly Khumalo. (Also read: Senzo Meyiwa Murder Sparks Outrage in South Africa)

Meyiwa, who was shot in Vosloorus township southeast of Johannesburg, was dead on arrival at hospital, police said.

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