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Suspect in court in S Africa over Senzo Meyiwa killing

Senzo Meyiwa playing for South Africa in friendly against Australia in Sydney 26 May 2014 Image copyright AP
Image caption Senzo Meyiwa was South Africa's captain and goalkeeper

A suspect has appeared in court in South Africa over the killing of national football captain Senzo Meyiwa.

The man, named as Zanokuhle Mbatha, 25, faces charges of murder and armed robbery and will appear again on 11 November. Police had offered a reward for information on the attack.

Meyiwa, 27, was shot on Sunday apparently after burglars entered his girlfriend's house near Johannesburg.

His death has highlighted the high rates of violent crime in South Africa.

Mr Mbatha's brief court appearance came after he was picked out at an identity parade by witnesses.

"Zenokuhle Mbatha, a 25-year-old, has been remanded in custody and will reappear in court on November 11, 2014," a South African police statement said, adding that it would continue with its investigations.

"There are still other suspects outstanding and we appeal to the public to continue providing information in support of the investigation," the statement continued.

The killing of the popular athlete shook South Africa, whose president Jacob Zuma said that "words cannot express the nation's shock" at the death.

Meyiwa's funeral will take place on Saturday at the Moses Mabhida stadium in his home town of Durban.

The South African national football team have also changed the location of one of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to the stadium in Durban in honour of Meyiwa.

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Image caption President Jacob Zuma (L), pictured here with Meyiwa in 2013, said words could not express the nation's shock

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