Sello Maake KaNcube and Zandi Khumalo

Sello Maake KaNcube and Zandi Khumalo. Images via Instagram @sellomkn, @zandie_khumalo_gumede

‘We didn’t know of her till Senzo’: Sello Maake slams Zandi

#SenzoMeyiwaTrial: Sello Maake kaNcube has dragged Zandi Khumalo following her request to bar media from broadcasting the case.

Sello Maake KaNcube and Zandi Khumalo

Sello Maake KaNcube and Zandi Khumalo. Images via Instagram @sellomkn, @zandie_khumalo_gumede

Like many South Africans, veteran actor Sello Maake kaNcube has lambasted singer Zandi Khumalo Gumede for her request to have a complete media blackout when she states the witness stand in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial.

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Although her name was not mentioned, state prosecutor George Baloyi addressed media and other legal counsels before the proceedings on Monday, 15 May, revealing that the new witness has requested that the media be barred from broadcasting her testimony as she fears she will be subject to “ridicule” and scrutiny.

Following a description of the said witness’ occupation, netizens quickly suggested that Kelly’s sister and singer, Zandi, was the witness in question.

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Zandi – who was in the house the night Senzo Meyiwa was slain – doesn’t want any audio or visuals of her testimony.

Advocate Baloyi said that the Ngiyak’thanda hitmaker is worried about her safety. She said that because she performs in public from time to time, there is a possibility public will form perception, saying her life might be in danger.

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So far, Meyiwa’s close friends Tumelo Madlala and Mthokozisi Thwala have already testified, with their proceedings broadcast live.

The Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was gunned down in what was described as a botched robbery in the presence of his then-girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, her mother Ntombi, sister Zandi, Zandi’s boyfriend Longwe Twala and Senzo’s friends Thwala and Madlala.

Mthokozisi Twala Senzo Meyiwa
Singer Kelly Khumalo and the late Senzo Meyiwa. Image via Twitter @_mashesha.

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Sello Maake KaNcube, who is best known for his roles in Generations as Archie Moroka and Kgosi in The Queen, weighed in on Zandi’s request.

“What is happening with this #SenzoMeyiwa matter is so heartbreaking,” he said. “I know the pain of losing a son and the hurt is no child’s play! These people are proving to be so heartless, why can’t this Zandi person testify on camera when she claims to be a celebrity? Some of us didn’t even know of her till the Senzo matter! This is truly annoying what these people are doing to this family! The sooner she testifies the sooner she can go to her ‘quiet’ and so called private life! This is really the worst form of injustice!”

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While fans agreed with the actor, a seemingly fake Zandi account replied to him with insults and expletives – labelling him a sick, old man who robbed and infected someone with the initials TN.