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South Africa's slain soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa to be buried on Saturday

  • In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and captain of the national South African soccer team, Senzo Meyiwa during a match against Ajax in Soweto, Johannesburg.  Meyiwa was shot dead Sunday night at about 8pm at his girlfriend's Vosloorus home, east of Johannesburg. (AP Photo)

    In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and captain of the national South African soccer team, Senzo Meyiwa during a match against Ajax in Soweto, Johannesburg. Meyiwa was shot dead Sunday night at about 8pm at his girlfriend's Vosloorus home, east of Johannesburg. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • South African forensic investigators walk outside the home of actress and singer Kelly Khumalo in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday Oct. 27, 2014. Senzo Meyiwa, the captain of the South African national soccer team, was fatally shot at Khumalo’s house during an attempted robbery Sunday night as he tried to apprehend the intruders, police and an eyewitness said. (AP Photo)

    South African forensic investigators walk outside the home of actress and singer Kelly Khumalo in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday Oct. 27, 2014. Senzo Meyiwa, the captain of the South African national soccer team, was fatally shot at Khumalo’s house during an attempted robbery Sunday night as he tried to apprehend the intruders, police and an eyewitness said. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Slain South African soccer team captain Senzo Meyiwa will be buried on Saturday in his home town of Umlazi on the country's east coast.

Meyiwa's club, Orlando Pirates, announced the plans on Tuesday. The club said the funeral for the popular goalkeeper will be partly organized by the local government in the province of Kwazulu-Natal.

The 27-year-old Meyiwa was shot and killed in an apparent house robbery in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg on Sunday, leading to an outpouring of dismay and anger in South Africa.

Police have launched a huge operation to find three suspects in the killing.

Top South African sports officials including sports minister Fikile Mbalula, football association president Danny Jordaan and national team coach Ephraim Mashaba are planning to visit Meyiwa's family on Tuesday to offer condolences.