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S Africa police release identikits of football captain killers

AFP  |  Johannesburg 

South African police today released the facial composites of two men wanted for shooting dead national football captain Senzo Meyiwa, during a robbery at his pop-star girlfriend's home.

The twenty-seven-year-old goalkeeper was killed late Sunday after burglars broke into Kelly Khumalo's house near Johannesburg, making off with a cell phone.

No arrests have yet been made, but police have launched a manhunt and released sketches recreated from eyewitness descriptions of one dreadlocked man and another with a hoodie.

Police have offered a reward of 250,000 rand ($23,000) for any information leading to his killer's arrest.

Police have appointed high-ranking officers to their own investigation team.

A star ballistic witness for the state in the Oscar Pistorius case -- captain Chris Mangena -- is among the officers investigating the killing of the Bafana Bafana captain.

Local media reported that Meyiwa's family have hired private investigators to conduct a parallel probe of the death.

Meyiwa was gunned down after an altercation with the burglars at a house in Vosloorus, a township about 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Johannesburg.

He will be buried on Saturday in his home town in Durban.

First Published: Tue, October 28 2014. 21:20 IST