Since the reemergence of Senzo Meyiwa’s murder investigation, the Khumalo family has launched a defence campaign in a bid to clear their name from any wrongdoing.
Senzo Meyiwa murder mystery: What’s the latest?
Five years into the murder investigation of Orlando Pirates’ and Bafana Bafana’s murder, police are yet to identify who killed Meyiwa on that fateful October evening.
Different versions of what happened have been offered by sources claiming to have knowledge of what happened at the Vosloorus residence of Khumalo’s mother, Gladness, on 26 October 2014.
According to the Khumalo’s, Meyiwa was a casualty of an armed robbery. However, recent reports suggest that there may have been a more sinister cause for the goalkeeper’s death.
Either way, this speculation has not yielded any progress for investigators who are at a loss for where to begin, in revisiting the cold case.
Two things are for certain, though. Firstly, the lead investigator, Col. Bongani Gininda, who was believed to be complicit in the alleged murder cover-up, is still heading up the cold case. Secondly, the police have recruited the assistance of six senior detectives from the Eastern Cape who will work with Col. Gininda, in the investigation.
Khumalo sisters launch defence: “We know nothing”
The allegation that the Khumalo family has been assisted in covering up the murder has been vehemently rubbished by the police. However, because the family and some of their friends, were present in the house, they are still considered persons of interest.
Kelly Khumalo, who was romantically involved with Meyiwa, claims that the witchhunt her family has endured for all of these years has no effect on her anymore because only she and God know the truth about what happened that evening.
Interestingly, though, the singer has also stated in an interview, six months ago, that her son has recollections of what happened to Meyiwa, suggesting that he could have been an eyewitness to the crime.
Her sister, Zandie, has taken a more aggressive approach in defending her family’s involvement in the murder. Taking to Instagram, Zandie blasted the media and everyone else who has applied pressure on the family to divulge information that they seemingly do not have, like who killed the goalkeeper.
“I understand and feel the pain that they (Meyiwa family) are going through but that doesn’t give them the right to abuse us. Their anger and abuse is misdirected and this sense of over-entitlement they have developed towards my family needs to stop,” she charged.
The Khumalo sister pleaded with the public to leave the family’s name out of the investigation because they have nothing to hide.
Here is the full statement.
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gets closure and move on. What I want Senzo's family and the society to know is that after the truth that I have told the police and the sympathy that I feel for them as they lost a hero, a son, a brother and a father after the hurt that I still feel for his passing plus the way that they treated my family since the incident I owe them nothing, They must never feel entitled to anything else in my life. I understand and feel the pain they they are going through but that does not give them the right to abuse us, their anger and abuse is misdirected and this sense of over entitlement they have developed towards my family needs to stop. Zandile Khumalo
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1/2 Tuesday 12 November Zandile Khumalo Statement on the "New developments" on the Senzo Meyiwa murder. For immediate release: Johannesburg, South Africa : It is very sad and hurtful that after so many years after Senzo Meyiwa's death we still have to defend ourselves from people who are hell bent on the theory that we are guilty. It really makes one wonder if Senzo's family and the society that says we are guilty really want justice to prevail or they just want to see the Khumalos arrested,I often think to myself that because nothing stays hidden forever if some day the person that killed Senzo gets arrested and it turns out not to be one of the people in the house as it will….will the family and those who have crucified us be satisfied or they will continue spewing untruths. On the allegations that he was shot while trying to intervene on a fight between me and my then boyfriend Longwe Twala, I categorically deny that. I don't write this because I feel I owe those who have crucified us any answers, I write this because I feel that my name can't be continued to be dragged through the mud and I keep quiet like I have something to hide. I have given police my statement, I have availed myself time and time again for interviews when the police need me, I agreed to take a lie detector test last year…..i took it without fear because I have nothing to hide. Different police have been on and off this case and all of them can't find anything that says we are guilty but unqualified people on social media think they know better. I sometimes worry about all the conspiracy theories that people make, I worry if the police will ever find these killers because people keep on messing with their investigations by introducing new theories every time. If the police have proof that I am guilty they must arrest me by all means but I will not be bullied into admitting to something that I don't know. As for the Afri Forum also now partaking on the investigations, I would like to also avail myself to them whenever they need me. Police have my Fourways address and my contact numbers should they need my KZN address. I am willing to help them so this can be resolved and everyone