Senzo Meyiwa trial

The late Senzo Meyiwa
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No calls made to police after Meyiwa was shot, court hears

Cellphone data analyst Colonel Lambertus Steyn says there is no record of any calls to the police or ambulance after Senzo Meyiwa was shot.

Senzo Meyiwa trial

The late Senzo Meyiwa
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None of the people in the Khumalo household called the police or emergency management service on 26 October 2014 after former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was shot in Vosloorus.

This is according to cellphone data analyst Colonel Lambertus Steyn who is the State’s fourth witness at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday, 31 July. He was brought to testify on the cellphone data records of people who were with Meyiwa on the night he was shot dead.

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Steyn was being cross-examined by defence counsel Sipho Ramosepele – representing accused number one and two – when he revealed that there was no trace of anyone calling for help from inside the house.

“What you are saying here is that Kelly Khumalo and this number that we know is attributed to her did not call the police on the day of the incident?” Ramosepele asked.

“That is correct,” Steyn replied.

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Ramosepele further asked if the other witnesses in the house – Kelly Khumalo’s mother, MaKhumalo, Longwe Twala and his friends Tumelo Madlala, Mthokozisi Thwala – ever called the police or ambulance on the night of the incident.

“I did check. I couldn’t find any number of the police on any of the phones, even 10 111,” Steyn replied.


On Thursday, 27 July, Steyn testified that he found two phone call records on one of Kelly Khumalo’s cellphones from a number linked to accused number five, Fisokuhle Ntuli. The first call was made on 2 August 2014, the other call was made on 15 October 2014 which is 11 days before Meyiwa was slain.

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Steyn further revealed on Friday that Meyiwa’s SIM card had been swapped the day after the incident and the new SIM card was used in former Kaizer Chiefs footballer David Mathebula’s handset.

Steyn found that eight calls were made between David Mathebula’s phone and Kelly Khumalo, he however said it could be an old phone in which they had inserted the SIM card. He also told the court he could not say who was making the calls as they were all “call forwards” meaning they were not picked up because the phone was off or the other phone had no signal.

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Zandie Khumalo and her sister Kelly. Image: Instagram/@zandie_khumalo_gumede.

He also established contact between suspects, Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube and Sifisokuhle Nkani Ntuli – disputing their claims that they had not known each other.

Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa and Sifisokuhle Nkani Ntuli are standing trial for premeditated murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, possession of firearms without a licence and possession of ammunition.