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State witness and Senzo Meyiwa’s friend, Tumelo Madlala. Image via Twitter.

‘Choose your friends wisely’: Tweeps on Tumelo Madlala

South Africans have weighed in on the tesimony of Tumelo Madlala who was present when his best friend, Senzo Meyiwa was shot.

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State witness and Senzo Meyiwa’s friend, Tumelo Madlala. Image via Twitter.

There have been mixed reactions to the testimony of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa’s friend, Tumelo Madlala at the ongoing murder trial of the late goalkeeper. 

Madlala who hails from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal took to the witness stand on Tuesday at the North Gauteng High Court to give his account of what happened when his friend was shot at singer Kelly Khumalo’s home in Vosloorus on 26 October 2014. 


It has been widely reported that there were seven people when Meyiwa was shot, namely; Kelly, Zandi and Gladness Khumalo, Longwe Twala, Tumelo Madlala, Mthokozisi Thwala. 

Tumelo Madlala took to the witness stand and told the court what happened the day he last saw his friend alive. He was seemingly emotional as he recalled the sequence of events on that fateful day. 

Despite weeping and speaking with a shaky voice as he testified, tweeps are convinced that he is an evil person who failed to ensure that justice is served for his friend. Some are also convinced that he is lying under oath.

“When parents told us to choose our friends wisely, they were referring to guys like Tumelo Madlala,” @hauza_ tweeted.

“Yoooo u Tumelo he was really never a a friend, I mean if he is scared he can provide leads as anonymous, There is so much that he can do to help crack this case..not these lies he is offering,” @Fikza_the_Cook also tweeted.

It looks like the biggest lesson tweeps are taking from Tumelo Madlala’s testimony is that one ought to choose his or her friends wisely. 

This week, Senzo Meyiwa’s family expressed their disappointment in Tumelo Madlala and Mthokozisi Thwala saying they had hoped that the two would tell them the truth about what happened. Speaking at the North Gauteng High Court, Senzo’s older sister, Nomalanga Meyiwa said the family was fond of Madlala and Thwala, they regarded and regarded them as their own brothers.

Tumelo is expected to continue with his testimony on Wednesday, 14 September after the court adjourned early on Tuesday to allow him to gather himself as he was overcome by emotions while on the witness stand.

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