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Kelly Khumalo, Senzo Meyiwa and Longwe Twala.
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Witness who was present when Meyiwa was shot to testify in court

One of the people who were in the house when Senzo Meyiwa was shot will take the witness stand at the North Gauteng High Court on Monday.

Senzo Meyiwa Longwe

Kelly Khumalo, Senzo Meyiwa and Longwe Twala.
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One of the people who were in the house the night former Bafana Bafana captain, Senzo Meyiwa, was shot will take the witness stand at the North Gauteng High Court on Monday, 12 September. 

The trial of the five men accused of the murder of Senzo Meyiwa resumed on Monday, 5 September, following a lengthy postponement which was to grant the defence of accused 5 enough time to peruse the contents of the second docket which continues to take centre stage in the ongoing trial. 

WHO COULD THE WITNESS BE? 

Meyiwa was shot at singer Kelly Khumalo’s home in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni on 26 October 2014. There were seven people in the house when the goalkeeper was shot namely; Kelly Khumalo, her sister Zandile Khumalo-Gumede with her then-boyfriend Longwe Twala, Gladness Khumalo, Meyiwa’s two friends Tumelo Madlala and Mthokozisi Twala. 

The five men who are currently on trial Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Ntanzi, Mthobisi Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa and Sifiso Ntuli were arrested in 2020. They all pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder, robbery, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The South African has been reliably told that the State will call its third witness, one of the people who were in the house the night Meyiwa was shot and will be testifying on Monday, 12 September as mentioned above. The cross-examinations of first and second State witnesses forensic officer, Sergeant Thabo Mosia and Sergeant Patrick Mthethwa who were amongst the first to arrive at the scene was wrapped up this week. 

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POLICE ‘INCOMPETENCE’ IN THE SPOTLIGHT 

While giving his testimony, Mthethwa who works with the Crime Prevention Unit at Vosloorus Police Station said they received a call about a shooting at 20:53 and immediately rushed to the scene. He said they found a man who referred to himself as Philani, brother to Kelly’s mother, Gladness Khumalo who had the house keys and opened for them. 

Mthethwa said that when they arrived at the scene Philani could not explain what had happened as he wasn’t there. They (police) were then told that people who have information are at Botshelong Hospital (where Meyiwa was rushed to) and they proceeded there. The witness further said they met Kelly Khumalo, her mother and also saw Meyiwa’s lifeless body with a gunshot wound around the chest. 

Mthethwa further testified that it was only on their second return when they were accompanied by Gladness Khumalo that they cordoned off the scene and started collecting exhibits. The witness also estimated that they spent roughly an hour at the hospital.

Defence lawyer for accused 5, Advocate Zandile Mshololo questioned why the house key was left with Themba, and why the police officers never bothered to confirm the uncle’s status asking Mthethwa what if the alleged uncle was one of the culprits. She further asked Mthethwa if he was aware of what happened during the time they left the crime scene.

“You were supposed to take the house keys from him and lock the house, and you did not do that. You left the crime scene with the person whose status was not clarified at the time,” she said.

Mshololo further referred to statements deposed by two women who claimed that they entered the house and they saw water on the floor and a neighbour, Maggie Phiri tiding up saying she didn’t want police to see that the people who were in the house had been drinking. Mthethwa ended up agreeing with her that the crime scene was indeed contaminated.

Mshololo further said that the murder of Senzo Meyiwa was poorly investigated because the crime scene was attended by inexperienced officers.

Notably, Mthethwa’s testimony contradicted that of first witness Mosia on many things he told the court during his evidence in chief and while he was under cross-examination.

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