The main witness in Senzo Meyiwa’s case has Died


The main witness in Senzo Meyiwa’s case has Died

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Five men are on trial, facing charges of murder, attempted murder, and robbery. Meyiwa, who also played for Orlando Pirates, was shot dead in Vosloorus, at the home of his girlfriend, singer and actress Kelly Khumalo on 26 October 2014.

Brigadier Philani Ndlovu was expected to give key evidence on behalf of the state at the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial at some stage. Ndlovu, the former provisional head of SAPS, was one of the first people at the scene of the incident. He had been mentioned by the first state witness, police officer Thabo Mosia, who was also at the scene.

During cross-examination, Mosia said Ndlovu was the one who briefed him when he arrived at the scene to collect forensic evidence. His death now raises questions as to how this will impact the trial going forward.

Proceedings had to be postponed following the dramatic arrest of advocate Malesela Teffo, the legal representative for four of the accused. This was in relation to a failed court appearance in Hillbrow for assault.

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Teffo was handcuffed inside the court after proceedings ended for the day, but SAPS has been widely criticized for how it handled the matter. He now intends to pursue legal action against SAPS over the arrest.

“We are going to sue. It is not about him not attending court, they might be right on that one but the issue is the timing, the place, moment, and manner he was arrested. It was contempt of court, you cannot make arrests in court,” his lawyer Tshepo Thobane told eNCA.

Ndlovu’s involvement in the case, said the source, stemmed from the fact he had information relating to the suspected shooter.

“While he was the head the detective, he was approached by someone who gave him information relating to what happened on the day Meyiwa was killed at singer Kelly Khumalo’s Vosloorus house.

“This is how he is linked to the case and that is what he was going to testify on.”

News24 tried to get a comment from the National Prosecuting Authority’s Phindi Mjonondwane, but she had not responded at the time of publication.

Meyiwa, a former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, was shot and killed while visiting Khumalo, the mother of his child, in October 2014.

Muzikawukhulelwa S’Tembu Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa and Fisokuhle Ntulijave Ntuli are currently on trial for his murder in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

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