Senzo Meyiwa murder: The state lays bare its case as accused appear in court

Senzo Meyiwa murder: The state lays bare its case as accused appear in court

Five accused have appeared in court for the murder of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa – six years after the footballer was shot and killed in Vosloorus.

Senzo Meyiwa alleged killers
Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile

Muzikawukhelewa Sibiya, Bongani Ntanzi, Mthobisi Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa and Sifokuhle Ntuli appeared in the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court for the first time on Tuesday.

 According to the indictment read out in court, the state alleges on the evening of 26 October 2014, Meyiwa had visited his then-girlfriend Kelly Khumalo at her mother's house in Vosloorus.

 In the house was Khumalo's mother Gladness, her sister Zandile her then-boyfriend Longwe Twala, the son of music producer Sello 'Chicco' Twala, Meyiwa's friend Tumelo Mandlala and Mthokosizi Thwala.

 It says they were all sitting in the dining room and at 8 pm.

 "Two people burst into the house armed with a firearm and a knife, entered the house and demanded money and cell phones."

 The indictment says there was then a scuffle between Meyiwa and one of the men who was armed. The man is described as dread-logged with a gold slit in one of his teeth and was wearing a khaki-colored jacket.

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 "A shot was discharged, and it ricocheted on the floor and struck Zandile Khumalo in the right ankle. A second shot went off and Mr Meyiwa was then shot once in the chest whilst in a standing position and the bullet went through his chest, body and exited at his back and hit the back of the door that he was standing against."

 The state says this was a contact shot.

 Meyiwa was shot 3 times.

 The state further alleges that the suspects got away with Kelly Khumalo's cell phone, injuring her in the process.

 According to the state the accused were in possession of 9mm parabellum calibre ammunition and it was accused number 1 Muzikawukhelewa Sibiya who allegedly shot Meyiwa.

 All the accused have denied the allegations.

 AfriForum’s private prosecution head advocate Gerrie Nel said outside court that the is confident the investigating team is on track.

 "I am still where I was yesterday that this was a hit. I was concerned when I heard the document that was read by the prosecutor today, however, this will ensure that we have to stay involved. We now have a bigger role to play to ensure that the apparent contradiction between the police and the NPA does not prejudice the case."

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