The late Senzo Meyiwa, President Ramaphosa and Zandie Khumalo. Images via @LLunga18/Twitter, Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP, @zandie_khumalo_gumede/Instagram

Senzo Meyiwa murder trial: Ramaphosa responds to Zandie

Singer Zandie Khumalo has received a response from President Ramaphosa after she wrote to him to speed up the #SenzoMeyiwaTrial.


The late Senzo Meyiwa, President Ramaphosa and Zandie Khumalo. Images via @LLunga18/Twitter, Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP, @zandie_khumalo_gumede/Instagram

President Ramaphosa has responded to musician Zandie Khumalo after her letter asking that the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial be prioritised.

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According to Sunday World, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said that the Presidency cannot meddle with the case.

“The Presidency does not manage nor direct court operations, and neither does it comment on matters before the courts,” said Magwenya.

He further said that Zandie is ill-advised in even writing to the president.

“If she has concerns regarding a matter that is before court, she must make her application at the same court.”

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In her letter, Zandie thanked Ramaphosa for his interest in the case, for thanking him for reusing Judge Maumela who will no longer be presiding over the trial. Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng will take over when the trial resumes or starts afresh.

“… In my limited knowledge of the courts modus operandi and its dependence or independence to politics I am not certain if the decision to recuse the sitting judge was a good one or a bad one and I don’t either condone or condemn it but it was rather comforting for me to learn that you Mr president has an eye and interest in this court case,” she wrote.

Ratha Mokgoatlheng Meyiwa trial
The new Presiding Judge in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, Ratha Mokgoatlheng. Images: Twitter/@Sli_Masikane.

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The Ikhwela singer is one of the six adults in the house the night the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was gunned down in October 2014 in Vosloorus. She is also the sister of musician Kelly Khumalo – Meyiwa’s girlfriend at the time.

The mother-of-one (who was one of the witnesses, Longwe Twala’s girlfriend at the time) expressed the pain the families affected in Meyiwa’s murder have experienced.

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She further pleaded with President Ramaphosa that the case be prioritised, asking that there be no further delays moving forward. She also asked that one courtroom be earmarked and that trial sits weekly until there’s a verdict.

“My biggest wish would be to try and put a bit of pace to the proceedings of this case. I would, like for the sake of the families who haven’t found closure after so long, to request that one court is earmarked specifically for this case, a specific law team is also appointed to deal with nothing else but this case and this case is in court from Monday to Friday up until it is concluded and a verdict has been given,” she said.

Zandie added that she wants justice for Senzo Meyiwa and she is willing to take to the witness stand once again.

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