A death is always tragic.  South Africa as a nation and as individuals and families that i know have been reeling over the last few days over a number of tragic deaths.

The big focus has been on Senzo Meyiwa, though. Bafana Bafana goalkeeper and hero to many.

When you hear he died protecting his girlfriend, a little more so.

But when you hear that he also had a wife.

That does not make the story any less tragic. maybe more so.

i am reminded of the story of King David, a man after God’s own heart, and his affair with Bathsheba [a married woman] which ended in adultery, betrayal, murder and the death of their baby. all things which David could have avoided if at any point in the process he had owned up and taken responsibility for his actions. but interestingly enough, it all begins here:

In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. [2 Samuel 11.1]

David was the king. And at the time when kings go off to war, David sent someone else. He was not in the place where he was supposed to be.

From the sounds of things, Senzo started his affair with Kelly Khumalo within a year or so of being married and yet this is how his wife Mandisa describes him according to an article in Sundayworld, “He is a real believer and he reads the Bible at every chance he gets. I love his dedication and commitment. He is my hero, a real sweetheart.”

Sounds just like ‘a man after God’s own heart’.

Perhaps if Senzo Meyiwa had been in the place he was meant to be in, his death could have been avoided. [I am not suggesting that he was killed because he was cheating on his wife, just that circumstantially he happened to be in the place where he was killed as a result of it]

His death is a tragedy, yes.

The fact that we the public make him out to be a hero, when, just like the rest of us, he clearly had clay feet, is a tragedy.

I think the fact that because he is a celebrity [see Oscar Pistorius]his death gets special treatment and suddenly the police are going to do everything they can to catch the killer, is a tragedy for the families and friends of non-celebrity people who have been murdered this last week and year. When will we realise that celebrities are people like the rest of us, simply with a spotlight shining on them?

I think the fact that he read His bible every chance he got, and yet that doesn’t seem to have translated into transformative life-changing living, is a tragedy.