Chicco Twala Senzo Meyiwa Tumelo Madlala

Music producer, Sello Chicco Twala. Image via Twitter @SisaFlatela

Chicco Twala offered Kelly an overseas holiday just days after Senzo’s death

Tumelo Madlala told the court that Sello Chicco Twala offered Kelly Khumalo a holiday overseas just days after Senzo Meyiwa’s death.

Chicco Twala Senzo Meyiwa Tumelo Madlala

Music producer, Sello Chicco Twala. Image via Twitter @SisaFlatela

State witness in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, Tumelo Madlala has revealed that music producer, Sello “Chicco” Twala offered the late goalkeeper’s then-girlfriend and singer Kelly Khumalo a holiday overseas just days after his death.

Madlala revealed this at the North Gauteng High Court as he continued testifying on Wednesday, 14 September.


On Tuesday, 13 September proceedings had to be halted after Tumelo Madlala was overcome by emotions while on the witness stand, however, on Wednesday he looked composed as he continued testifying.

Madlala said the house was fully packed with neighbours following the shooting. He added that they (along with the neighbours) tried to lift Meyiwa up but his body was heavy, however, they managed to get him to his own car (a BMW) which was parked in the yard. 

Kelly was reportedly driving while her sister, Zandie, Senzo’s brother-in-law Mthokozisi Thwala and Tumelo accompanied her as she rushed to Botshelong Hospital. 

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Sisters, Zandile and Kelly Khumalo. Photo: Twitter/@AdvoBarryRoux

“Upon our arrival, Senzo was taken by nurses and they waited on the benches. After a while a nurse appeared with a picture of an x-ray and asked for an elder. Kelly’s mother (MaKhumalo) then went. She came back crying and told us Senzo was no more,” he explained. 

He added that he does not know how MaKhumalo got to Botshelong Hospital.

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According to the witness, Mthokozisi Thwala remained at Botshelong Hospital with other people he knew as Senzo’s wife, Mandisa, had also arrived. He went back to Kelly’s home with another neighbour. Zandie, Kelly and Gladness also came back and all their phones were confiscated and statements were taken. After a long while, they were escorted to Mulberton and they spent the night and a couple of days there.

Madlala told the court that he does not remember the exact day but while they were there Chicco Twala visited them and spoke to Kelly.

“I heard him asking Kelly if she does not want to go to a holiday overseas,” he told the court.

In an interview with Newzroom Afrika in May this year, Chicco Twala said it pains him that people are tarnishing his name when he wasn’t even there when Senzo Meyiwa was murdered.

The producer said he wasn’t present like the other eight people, which included his son. He received a call from Kelly Khumalo after the murder and then only went to assist. 

“My son, Kelly Khumalo and the others who were present know the truth. Someone cannot be shot in their presence and they are all silent about it. They know who killed Senzo; my son knows, Kelly knows and everyone else who was there knows.

“I must be excluded, I was not there and I am not part of it. I have said it before as well that I am not going to protect my son; if he is the murderer trust me I will come out in support of all the people who want the perpetrators to be jailed. I will never protect him.” 

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