Senzo Meyiwa and Zandie Khumalo

Senzo Meyiwa and Zandie Khumalo. Images via Twitter, Instagram @zandie_khumalo_gumede

Meyiwa trial: Zandie Khumalo slammed for wanting media blackout

#SenzoMeyiwaTrial: Zandie Khumalo has been dragged for requesting that media be barred from proceedings as she takes the witness stand.

Senzo Meyiwa and Zandie Khumalo

Senzo Meyiwa and Zandie Khumalo. Images via Twitter, Instagram @zandie_khumalo_gumede

Social media users have weighed in on reports that Zandie Khumalo – who is a singer and Kelly Khumalo’s sister – does not want live recordings of her testimony during the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial at the Pretoria high court on Monday, 15 May.

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According to TimesLIVE, state prosecutor George Baloyi addressed media and other legal counsels before the proceedings. He said the witness fears her testimony will be “ridiculed” and scrutinised.

Zandie – who was in the house the night Senzo Meyiwa was slain – doesn’t not 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.

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Former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa before his death in 2014. Image: @LLunga18 / Twitter


Following Zandie’s request to bar media during her testimony about the night Meyiwa was murdered, tweeps dragged her.

“Zandi had no problems being on Netflix, even on interviews explaining what happened. Suddenly today she fears for her life being under scrutiny 😒😒 ubuqili of the highest order,” @sweetphace commented.

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“Zandi wasn’t afraid of the public when making interviews about this case? Come court day, she is not comfortable? Are we a joke?” @nunguSompisi said.

@Itsscharlotte12 write: “If The Public Wanted To Harm Zandi Khumalo, They Would Have Done That 8 Years Ago.”

“Zandi was fighting a gunman using crutches, but being televised in court is where she draws the line,” said @palesa_cutestar.