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Senzo Meyiwa: One Year Later – A Timeline Of Shocking Events

We are almost 12 months into the tragic murder of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa’s tragic death. Here’s a full recap of all the events leading up to this moment.

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26 October 2014: Senzo Meyiwa Shot Dead

The country plunges into shock as SAPS release an official statement confirming the death of then Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa. The police reported that Meyiwa was shot and killed at around 20:00 in the presence of girlfriend, pop singer Kelly Khumalo at her home in Vosloorus. The fatal shoot out happened after an altercation. The three killers were said to have fled the scene on foot soon after shooting him. He was confirmed dead on arrival at the Johannesburg hospital.

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27 October 2014: South Africa Reacts

The country reacted in shock to the news as condolences were trickling in. The mystery around who killed the captain only intensified the anger as concerns around crime in South Africa were once again on the forefront. The CAF President, Issa Hayatou expressed shock at the death. “It is with shock and dismay that CAF has learnt about the passing away of South Africa and Orlando Pirates captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa. Losing such a talented player and young gentlemen is a tragedy for South African and African football”, he said at the time.

On this day, police commissioner Riah Phiyega confirms a reward of R250 000 to anyone who had information. He also reveals scant details about the descriptions of the two killers and their alleged physical appearance.

“We’re going to miss Senzo a lot,” – National team coach Shakes Mashaba.

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“Thoughts with family, players & fans of @Orlando_Pirates & @BafanaBafana. A senseless, tragic loss. ” – Sepp Blatter.

In the wake of the news, PSL chairman Brand De Villiers announced that the looming Soweto Derby would be postponed to a later date.

Kelly Khumalo, who had been present at the scene, comes under pressure to bring answers.

Senzo Meyiwa's death timeline - Kelly Khumalo

This photo was said to have been posted by the singer just hours prior to the shooting on her Instagram page.

Senzo Meyiwa’s father is reported to have broken down in tears merely moments after arriving at the scene.

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The SAPS urge those with information to come forward with it

Senze Meyiwa's death timeline - SAPS Reward

28 October 2014

The Meyiwa family announce two memorial service to be held in honour of the Bafana Bafana captain. The service are to take place on the 30th and 31st of that month respectively – one at the Durban City Hall and the other at the Moses Mabida Stadium.

29 October 2014, 

On this day, two suspects are taken into police custody in connection with the murder. The two men had questioned and arrested in Kwa Nongoma, Kwa Zulu Natal. The police reveal that the identikitis of the suspects had led to the arrests.

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30 October 2014, Senzo Meyiwa’s funeral

Senzo Meyiwa was laid to rest at the Chesterville Heroes Acre.

Senzo Meyiwa's death timeline - Senzo Meyiwa's funeral

31 October 2014, The Arrest

The first suspect on the murder case, Zanokuhle Mbatha, appeared in court over the killing. However, the charged were dropped later due to lack of evidence.

Senzo’s Dad Pic Goes Viral

A photo taken from the funeral became a social media sensation with many people replicating the pose from inside their cars. The viral adaptations were slammed for being grossly insensitive and disrespectful.

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November 2014 

Reports emerge that the late star had lied about his real age through out his entire professional sporting career. While it had been believed that he was 27 at the time of his death, reports revealed that his tombstone and the school register indicated that he he was born on the 24th of January in 1984, making him 30.

January, 2015: Have The Cops Bungled The Case? 

Despite being very confident in the beginning, lack of progress in the case became concern at the beginning of this year. The Sunday Times reported that a the clumsy investigations had resorted to ‘guesswork’.

March 21, 2015: ‘We Know Who Killed Him’ 

Senzo’s parents tell Drum Magazine in an exclusive interview that they have a pretty good idea on who murdered their son in Vosloorus. Although Samuel and Ntombifuthi Meyiwa refused to mention names in fear of being arrested, they revealed that they had information that differs significantly from the claims made by Kelly Khumalo on what happened that evening. From what they know as told by an eye witness, an altercation had erupted between Senzo and Kelly, and then Senzo was shot “by mistake”.

23 June 2015: Insurance Payout Delays 

The Meyiwa family told the press that they were struggling to take care of Senzo’s children as his life insurance pay out was being delayed.

26 June 2015: Samuel Meyiwa Slammed By Police

The open book policy does not bode down well the police, who expressed concerns with the Samuel Meyiwa talking openly to the media about the progress of the case. the National spokeperson Solomon Makgale said a suspect had even gone underground following tip offs from one of the interviews given out by Senzo’s father. He was criticised for compromising the case.

23 July 2015: “Overwhelming Evidence”

Gauteng police were confident that they possessed “overwhelming evidence” in the murder case.

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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed

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We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.

When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.

A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.

The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.

This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.

Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.

Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.

After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.

Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.

In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.

After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.

Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.

THE ENDING

Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.

Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.

In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?

Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.

We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.

What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.

We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.

Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.

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First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’

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Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.

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First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe,  the world ready to let old baggage go.

The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.

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Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it

‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.

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The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.

While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.

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“The LORD’s angel”‘s life giving blood comes scams locals into horrible mistakes on Midnight Mass.

When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.

With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.

It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.

We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.

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