Gunmen have robbed the parents of another South African football star, Sibusiso Vilakazi, while he was sleeping at their Johannesburg home, in an attack he claims was targeted at him, according to reports.
Police and the Bafana Bafana midfielder said the robbers held up his family at gunpoint at his parents’ house in Soweto and stole some valuables.
The attack came just under a week after Bafana captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was gunned down in what police said was a robbery. The burglars stormed in and asked for Vilakazi by name while he slept in a backyard room. “Those people knew what they wanted. They came looking for me,” the 24-year-old said. The robbers also asked his parents to hand over his car keys before making off with cellphones, cash, a television set, his parents’ wedding rings and clothing.
“Everything happened when I was sleeping and I didn’t hear anything, imagine if I woke up and went in what would have happened,” said Vilakazi. Vilakazi’s teammate Meyiwa was shot dead while visiting his girlfriend last week in another suburb of Johannesburg, in an attack that shocked the crime-weary nation.
On Tuesday, Vilakazi was named in the 26-man Bafana Bafana squad that will host Sudan on 15 November in Durban before travelling to West Africa for a 19 November final-round clash with Nigeria. Police spokesman Kay Makhubele said a manhunt for three suspects has been launched.