The Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, where five suspects stand accused, is set to resume on Thursday, 30 November 2023. Here’s what you need to know.
UPDATE: This article was updated with the latest updates on the Senzo Meyiwa trial, including the live stream link.
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Senzo Meyiwa murder trial: What are the latest updates?
The Pretoria High Court was the stage for a pivotal moment in the Senzo Meyiwa murder case, on Tuesday.
Brigadier Bongani Gininda, the lead investigator, provided testimony that directly challenged the defence of Bongani Ntanzi, one of the accused.
Gininda’s encounter with Colonel Mohale Raphadu, the officer responsible for recording Ntanzi’s confessional statement, became a crucial point of contention.
Contrary to Ntanzi’s claim that Gininda and Raphadu were both present during his alleged assault and forced signing of prepared declarations, Gininda revealed that his first meeting with Raphadu was solely to collect Ntanzi’s statement.
This revelation undermines Ntanzi’s narrative of coercion, suggesting that his confession might have been voluntary.
Gininda narrated his investigative efforts, including a trip to Carletonville to verify Ntanzi’s alibi at Sibanye Stillwater Mine, Ntanzi’s former workplace.
The inquiry revealed discrepancies in Ntanzi’s account of his whereabouts on the day of Meyiwa’s murder. Confronted with these inconsistencies and a sketch of a suspect resembling him, Ntanzi initially claimed mistaken identity but later confessed to Gininda.
According to Gininda, a significant turn occurred when Ntanzi expressed a desire to speak the truth, feeling that his lies were no longer sustainable.
He expressed his willingness to confess to an officer not involved in the investigation, leading Gininda to arrange for such an encounter. This moment marked a pivotal change in Ntanzi’s approach, potentially impacting his defence strategy.
The Senzo Meyiwa trial-within-a-trial resumes on Wednesday.
Who killed Senzo Meyiwa?
The five suspects, Carlos Mthobisi Mncube, Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Ntanzi, Mthokoziseni Maphisa and Fisokuhle Ntuli, facing murder, attempted murder, robbery and gun charges, were nabbed in October 2021, on the seventh anniversary of the Orlando Pirates goalkeeper’s death.
One of the murder accused, Sibiya, was recently sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for attempted murder. He was found guilty of shooting his girlfriend, who, at the time, had threatened to lift the lid on his alleged involvement in the death of Meyiwa.
Kelly Khumalo has also been linked to the death of Meyiwa, who, at the time, was romantically involved with the revered songstress.
Despite numerous rumours of her alleged masterminding of the murder, her attorney Magdalene Moonsamy has maintained that her client remains “very positive” and “in good spirits”.
“She has been looking forward to this, and it’s nowhere, and we anticipate closure. There is a family involved, there is a child involved that has lost her dad and this is important for the purposes of herself and for the purposes of moving forward,” Moonsamy said at the time.