Senzo Meyiwa murder: police allegedly kidnapped and assaulted three female complainants.

Senzo Meyiwa murder: police allegedly kidnapped and assaulted three female complainants.

Fresh allegations of police brutality and misconduct overshadow the longstanding case of the murder of a footballing hero.
Senzo Meyiwa murder

Seven cops allegedly kidnapped and assaulted three female complainants in what has been mentioned as a desperate scheme to spice up the probabilities of a successful prosecution within the Senzo Meyiwa murder case. The unidentified officers, who were wearing civilian clothing, are accused of unlawfully using force and intimidation to undertake to revive an old criminal case against one among the five men arrested for the 2014 killing of the Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper.

The murder trial is thanks to start on October 25.

According to individuals with knowledge of the case, the officers came trying to find Ntombenhle Ndaba, who once dated Muzikawukhalelwa Sibiya, one of the suspects. In 2017, Sibiya allegedly shot Ndaba during a fit of rage, but she survived.

Both families subsequently resolved the matter through mediation by local leaders at the Basuthwini Hostel in Vosloorus, and criminal charges were never laid.

We have learnt that following Sibiya and others’ arrest for Meyiwa’s murder last October, police then learnt about the shooting incident and pursued an attempted murder case without Ndaba’s knowledge and consent because the alleged victim.

Ndaba was allegedly doggo because she refused to become a witness within the attempted murder case.

On the night of May 19, the officers, escorted by two Ekurhuleni Metro local department (EMPD) officers in unmarked vehicles, came trying to find Ndaba and didn’t find her. They allegedly accused Ndaba’s three cousins of hiding her, and therefore the dispute led to the kidnapping and assault case opened last week at Vosloorus police headquarters.

The three female complainants aged between 28 and 37 – whose names can’t be published for his or her safety – alleged that they were taken against their will from their range in Vosloorus and driven to a dark place with water near Pretoria, where their faces were covered with plastic bags and that they were assaulted. The metro officers had left long before the incident.

According to the docket, the complainants could faintly hear the names “Mogole” and “TK” when the assailants were talking among themselves, the publication has learnt.

They were allegedly speaking Zulu, but the complainants could also hear either Pedi- or Sotho-speakers.

The complainants were allegedly held by the seven cops from about 10pm and were dropped off back home at about 5am the subsequent day.

The kidnapping and assault case has deepened speculation that police don’t have a robust case against the five suspects who were arrested last year for Meyiwa’s murder, which the important culprits are still free.

Sibiya was arrested alongside Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa and Fisokuhle Nkani Ntuli in October.
Senzo Meyiwa murder
Individuals with intimate information about the Meyiwa investigation suggested that the pursuing of Sibiya’s 2017attempted murder case was possibly a ploy to force him to confess to being involved in Meyiwa’s killing, which all five suspects have denied.

Meyiwa was gunned down on October 26 2014 at the family home of musician Kelly Khumalo, who was his girlfriend, in Vosloorus.

The police only made arrests six years later, after what had been an embarrassing PR nightmare for the authorities.

Public frustration was further fuelled by the stalling of the case, despite the very fact that there have been several people within the house who witnessed the murder of the footballer.

Late last year, Sibiya appeared before court for the shooting incident. He also had another attempted murder indictment against him, though the small print of this are sketchy.

On Wednesday, he appeared within the Tembisa Magistrates’ Court on charges of drug dealing. The case was postponed to June 11.

On Friday, SA Police Service (SAPS) national spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo confirmed that a case of kidnapping and assault had been opened at Vosloorus police headquarters . “We cannot confirm at this stage who the assailants are, but this matter is being investigated,” Naidoo said.

“With regards to the 2017case during which Ndaba was the victim, it’s been on the court roll since last year,” he said.

On Friday, EMPD spokesperson Thabiso Makgato referred queries over what she knew because the “kidnapping case” to the Johannesburg Metro local department .

We cannot confirm at this stage who the assailants are, but this matter is being investigated
Brigadier Vish Naidoo

Her Johannesburg counterpart, Wayne Minnaar, said it had been doubtful that his officers would breach jurisdiction provisions, adding that police vehicles have trackers that send an alert when a vehicle has been driven outside of its jurisdiction.

Yesterday, Minnaar said there was no evidence linking his officers to the Vosloorus case, while Makgato said “the allegations couldn’t be verified internally” on their side.

Last November, we reported that the “crack team” appointed by and reporting to Police Minister Bheki Cele to research Meyiwa’s murder was torn apart by bitter rivalries and allegations of back-stabbing, with two of the investigators accused of kidnapping and assaulting a key witness.

A member of the team was involved in laying criminal charges against his two colleagues – a colonel within the SAPS and a military officer within the Hawks – in February last year at Bhekithemba police headquarters in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal.

Police insiders said that the accused had differences with their other two colleagues in terms of the road of investigation. They rejected the idea that Meyiwa was murdered during a robbery that went wrong and instead pursued an angle that the witnesses who were present at the murder scene weren’t entirely honest.

Questions sent to Cele’s office seeking comment in the week went unanswered.