The Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates skipper, aged 27, was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. 

While details of the circumstances aren’t clear, South Africa Police Services took the unusual step of tweeting the tragedy in the hope of flushing out information. 

They wrote: “We have to brake (sic) normal protocol. We can confirm that Bucs keeper Senzo Meyiwa has been shot and sadly declared dead on arrival at hospital,” said the SA Police Services official Twitter feed.
“There were 7 people inside the house. Two suspects went into the house, one remained outside. The 3 fled on foot after the shooting.
“The incident happened at around 20h00, Zamo Section in Vosloorus. Reward of up to R150 000 is on offer 4 any info that can lead to arrest.”

Meyiwa played in the Buccaneers win over Ajax Cape Town 4-1 in their Telkom Knockout quarter-final on Saturday. 

He was also yet to concede a goal in the four AFCON qualifiers played so far while taking the captain’s armband in the absence of regular first-choice keeper Itumeleng Khune.

The death of Meyiwa follows another South Africa sporting tragedy on Friday when 2004 800m Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was killed in a car crash.

Image via Getty