Suspect in court over murder of South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa

A fan cries holding a portrait of slain South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa during a memorial service in Johannesburg on Oct 30, 2014. A suspect appeared in court on Friday over the murder of Meyiwa, whose death during a robbery has
A fan cries holding a portrait of slain South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa during a memorial service in Johannesburg on Oct 30, 2014. A suspect appeared in court on Friday over the murder of Meyiwa, whose death during a robbery has shocked the nation. -- PHOTO: AFP

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - A suspect appeared in court on Friday over the murder of South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa, whose murder during a robbery has shocked the nation, prosecutors said.

Zanokuhle Mbatha, 25, was charged with "murder and armed robbery", National Prosecution Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube told AFP.

He was remanded in custody until Nov 11 to allow him time to apply for legal aid.

Meyiwa was gunned down last Sunday by an intruder while visiting his pop star girlfriend's home some 30km south of Johannesburg, before making off with a cellphone.

More than 17,000 people were killed in South Africa last year, but the slaying of a popular sporting hero has stunned even this crime-weary nation.

On Thursday police had denied reports that they had arrested two people linked to the murder.

Meyiwa, will be buried on Saturday in his hometown of Umlazi on the outskirts of the eastern coastal city of Durban.