Senzo Meyiwa-Image Source@InstagramSenzo Meyiwa-Image Source@Instagram

Senzo Meyiwa’s Cause of Death Revealed by Pathologist in Court

On Tuesday, August 29, 2023, renowned pathologist Dr. Johannes Steenkamp unveiled the cause of death of Senzo Meyiwa during a session at the Pretoria High Court.

Primary Causes of Death

Dr. Steenkamp, an experienced pathologist, delivered an extensive report shedding light on the factors that led to the demise of the former Orlando Pirates soccer star. The primary contributors to Meyiwa’s passing were significant blood loss and severe damage to his lungs and heart.

Close-Range Shooting and Unveiling of Residue Wound

The pathologist disclosed that Meyiwa had suffered a close-range gunshot wound. Evidence of firearm residue on his skin indicated that the gun had likely been pressed against him at approximately arm’s length. This proximity to the firearm caused the powder residue to embed in his skin, creating a wound that initially appeared as a bullet entry point.

Internal Injuries and Short Survival Time

Dr. Steenkamp further explained that the bullet had inflicted significant damage to Senzo Meyiwa’s right lung and heart tissues. This internal trauma resulted in severe internal bleeding due to the compromised tissues surrounding the heart.

Kelly Khumalo, Zandie and Senzo Meyiwa-Image Source@Instagram
Kelly Khumalo, Zandie and Senzo Meyiwa-Image Source@Instagram

In a surprising revelation, Dr Steenkamp declared that the nature of the wound indicated a survival time of mere seconds or minutes, effectively dismissing the possibility that Meyiwa could have survived for hours after sustaining the gunshot. He stated, “I think, in this case, he was a fit young man. He probably would’ve survived seconds, minutes, definitely not hours.”

Clarification of Shooting Angle

Contrary to earlier witness statements and speculation, Dr. Steenkamp’s findings contradicted the notion that Senzo Meyiwa was shot from behind. The pathologist’s analysis suggested that the fatal shot was fired from the front, at close range, possibly from a distance of about an arm’s length.

The revelations made by Dr Johannes Steenkamp in the Pretoria High Court provide crucial insights into the circumstances surrounding Senzo Meyiwa’s tragic passing in 2014. The detailed explanation of the gunshot wound, internal injuries, and the limited survival window offer a clearer understanding of the case.

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