South Africa, Durban – Myeni’s family said that ex-rugby player Lindani Myeni‘s body would be arriving in the country on Friday, after the Consul-General in Miami indicated that the US government had released Myeni’s body.
According to reports, the KZN-born former rugby player from Empangeni was shot dead by Honolulu police in the island state of Hawaii, in the US, two weeks ago.
Myeni, his wife Lindsay and children had moved to the island early last year.
According to the Hawaiian police, Myeni was shot dead when officers were responding to a home burglary incident. When the police arrived at the scene, a scuffle occurred between Myeni and three officers outside a home.
Myeni is alleged to have punched and injured three officers, with one of the officers opening fire on Myeni.
Speaking to The Mercury yesterday, Myeni’s uncle, Andlile Xaki, said they appreciated the assistance of the South African government which had been engaging the US government regarding the repatriation process.
Meanwhile, the family had raised over R400 000 through a Go Fund Me page which was set up to help bring Myeni’s remains home to South Africa for burial.
Xaki said that they still demand justice for Lindani. We will be able to use this money to pay the lawyers. We won’t rest until we get justice.
The family reported that Myeni’s body will depart the US on Tuesday (tomorrow). It will arrive in South Africa, OR Tambo International Airport, on Friday.