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The DA leader believes that the lead investigator has to be probed on why he has not made any arrests, years after the murder was committed.
Image via RODGER BOSCH / AFP)
DA leader, Helen Zille, has thrown her weight into the discussion of who may have killed Senzo Meyiwa, and there are some things the Fed-Ex council chair can’t wrap her head around.
Police Commissioner, Gen. Khehla Sitola has come out in defence of the police who have faced mounting pressure after the Sunday Independent published an alternative version of how the late Orlando Pirates goalkeeper may have been killed.
The cited publication went into detail about how Meyiwa was allegedly murdered by Longwe Twala — the son of famous musician, Chicco Twala — on that fateful day, on 26 October 2014.
According to the weekend newspaper, Meyiwa, who was romantically involved with Kelly Khumalo at the time, was allegedly killed for trying to break a scuffle between Twala and his partner, Zandi (Kelly Khumalo’s sister) at her mother’s residence, in Vosloorus.
However, Gen. Sitole has vehemently denied that this version of events matches the evidence the police have collected. He also rubbished claims that the leading investigator in the murder case, Col. Bongani Gininda, was complicit in the alleged cover-up.
The report alleged that Gininda may have withheld a crucial statement he had received in 2017 on who murdered Meyiwa and why. It is believed that the lead investigator was charged with defeating the ends of justice, in May, however, he was mysteriously moved to KwaZulu-Natal before any action could be taken.
This too, Gen. Sitole claims, is hogwash.
“Gininda is still the lead investigator of the team which is investigating the murder of Senzo Meyiwa. He has never been removed or replaced as the investigator of the Senzo Meyiwa matter since he was tasked with this investigation in 2018,” Sitole’s spokesperson, Vishnu Naidoo noted in a statement.
Zille has since joined the fray of spectators with commentary on the whodunit. In a tweet, she questioned the police’s apparent inability to get the truth out of at least four witnesses who were present at the house when Meyiwa was killed.
If this is wrong, what are the facts? There were at least four other witnesses to this crime. Why is it seemingly impossible to lay a charge? This is a simple question. Please can the lead investigator explain. https://t.co/KIHckpH1O4— Helen Zille (@helenzille) November 11, 2019
Witnesses in the murder include:
However, until now, no arrests have been made and police are nowhere near solving this case.
“Colonel Gininda has a wealth of experience in criminal investigations after having successfully brought down one of this country’s biggest criminal underworld figures, Radovan Krejcir. Therefore, everyone may rest assured that this investigation is being done by a team led by a good and capable investigator,” said Sitole.