Crime & Courts

Senzo Meyiwa case takes new twist

At the North Gauteng High Court on Monday, September 12, a new witness who was in the house the night that former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot will take the stand. This witness was present in the house when Meyiwa was shot.

The trial of the five men who are accused of murdering Senzo Meyiwa resumed on Monday, September 5, after being postponed for a significant amount of time. The reason for the postponement was to provide the defense team for accused 5 with sufficient time to review the contents of the second docket, which is continuing to play a central role in the ongoing trial.

WHO COULD HAVE BEEN THE WITNESS?


On October 26, 2014, Meyiwa was killed by gunfire at the residence of singer Kelly Khumalo in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni. Meyiwa’s then-girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, her sister Zandile Khumalo-Gumede and her then-boyfriend Longwe Twala, Meyiwa’s mother Gladness Khumalo, and two of Meyiwa’s friends, Tumelo Madlala and Mthokozi Twala, were there in the house when the goalie was shot.

Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Ntanzi, Mthobisi Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa, and Sifiso Ntuli were all arrested in the year 2020, and they have all pleaded not guilty to the charges that they are facing, which include murder, attempted murder, robbery, and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. The five men who are currently facing trial are Muzikawuk

According to information that has been relayed to the South African in a manner that can be relied upon, the State will call its third witness on Monday, September 12th. This witness will be one of the people who was present in the house on the night that Meyiwa was shot. The examinations of the first and second state witnesses, a forensic officer named Sergeant Thabo Mosia and a police officer named Patrick Mthethwa, both of whom were among the first people to arrive at the scene.

“INCOMPETENCE” OF THE POLICE IN THE FOG OF OBSERVATION


Mthethwa, who worked in the Crime Prevention Unit at the Vosloorus Police Station, stated during his testimony that they received a call about a shooting at 20:53 and immediately rushed to the scene. Mthethwa was giving his testimony. He stated that they located a man who identified himself as Philani and was the brother of Gladness Khumalo, Kelly’s mother, who possessed the house keys and allowed them entry into the home.

When they arrived at the scene, Mthethwa said that he told them that he had no idea what had happened because he wasn’t there when it happened because he wasn’t there. They (the police) were then informed that people who have information are at Botshelong Hospital, and they rushed there where they met Kelly Khumalo, her mother, and also saw Meyiwa’s lifeless body with a gunshot wound around the chest. Meyiwa had been shot in the chest.

Mthethwa further testified that they did not cordon off the scene until their second visit, during which they were accompanied by Gladness Khumalo. It was during this visit that they began collecting exhibits from the crime scene. The witness stated that they were at the hospital for around one hour, according to their estimations.

Advocate Zandile Mshololo, defense lawyer for accused 5, questioned why the house key was left with Themba and why the police officers never bothered to confirm the uncle’s status, asking Mthethwa what if the alleged uncle was one of the perpetrators in the case. Mshololo was representing accused 5. She went on to question Mthethwa if he was aware of what occurred after they had left the scene of the crime and if he had witnessed it.

You were responsible for taking the house keys from him and locking the door, but you failed to do either of those things. She told him, “You fled the crime site with the individual whose status was not clear at the time.”

Mshololo further referred to statements that were deposed by two women who claimed that they entered the house and saw water on the floor and a neighbor, Maggie Phiri, tiding up saying that she didn’t want police to see that the people who were in the house had been drinking. Mshololo also referred to statements that were deposed by two women who claimed that they saw water on the floor and that Maggie Phiri tidied up saying that she didnt.

Mthethwa’s testimony directly contradicted much of what Mosia had previously stated to the court throughout both his evidence in chief and his time spent being cross-examined, which is an important point to bring up.

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