Senzo Meyiwa trial

The five men accused of the murder of Senzo Meyiwa.
Image: Nokwanda Ncwane/The South African.

Starting afresh? Senzo Meyiwa murder trial to resume on Monday

Will it start afresh? The Senzo Meyiwa murder trial is set to resume on Monday, 17 July at the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Senzo Meyiwa trial

The five men accused of the murder of Senzo Meyiwa.
Image: Nokwanda Ncwane/The South African.

The trial of the five men accused of murdering former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa, is set to resume at the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday, 17 July.

The trial was postponed after presiding judge who has since been suspended by President Cyril Ramaphosa, Tshifhiwa Maumela fell ill.


As previously reported by The South African, the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial was postponed on 12 June as Maumela was sick and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed that he will not be available for a long time.

Gauteng Deputy Judge President, Aubrey Ledwaba said Maumela will not be available for a long time due to health reasons but the matter needs to proceed.

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa issued letters of suspension to Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela and Judge Nomonde Mngqibisa-Thusi on Tuesday, 28 June for failing to deliver judgements timeously. The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is in the process of appointing a tribunal for each one of the judges.

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Weighing in on the postponement of the trial due to Maumela’s ill health, legal expert Mpumelelo Zikalala said witnesses who have previously testified in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial are likely to be called back. Two police Sergeants

Thabo Mosia, Patrick Mthethwa as well as Meyiwa’s two friends Tumelo Madlala and Mthokozisi Thwala have testified.

The trial is expected to start afresh as Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng was recently appointed to preside over the matter.

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

Meyiwa was shot dead on 26 October 2014 at the home of his girlfriend and singer Kelly Khumalo in Vosloorus, Gauteng in an alleged botched robbery.

Five men are on trial for the murder of the soccer star, Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa and Fisokuhle Nkani Ntuli. They face charges of premeditated murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravated circumstances, possession of firearms without a licence and possession of ammunition. All five men pleaded not guilty.