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Let’s hope SA can at last make sense of Senzo’s senseless murder

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Let’s hope SA can at last make sense of Senzo’s senseless murder

It’s taken eight years to bring five accused to trial for murder of soccer star, who is the focus of a Netflix doccie

Journalist

When a scar or open wound still stings, leaving a mark on a country as repetitively and protractedly injured as SA, it says something about the effect of the event and the person in question.

In this case that wound was created not by a massacre or the death of a freedom fighter or historic figure, but by the murder of “just” a footballer, Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa. That it remains so momentously significant to South Africans reveals the effect of the crime and frustration that, for a person of stature, it has taken eight years and counting to solve. It also reveals how much love there is for the victim.

The gripping, slick, true-crime Netflix documentary series Senzo: Murder of a Soccer Star that aired from Friday, coinciding with the start on Monday of the murder trial of five accused in the Pretoria high court, has reminded South Africans of the scale of the issue. It has restored to brightness a spotlight that has shone for nearly a decade as theories abounded, casting a glare onto the country’s yearning for the crime to be solved, those responsible to be brought to justice and closure. ..

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