Senzo Meyiwa murder suspects plead innocence


Bongani Siziba

Five suspects accused of the murdering former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa appeared before the Boksburg Magistrates’ Court in Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg on Tuesday facing charges of murder, attempted murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The police say the accused were arrested in Johannesburg and KwaZulu Natal this week.

But in an unexpected turn of events, four of the accused denied having anything to do with the murder while another refused to enter the dock professing ignorance over why he had been dragged to court. He also denied the charges levelled against him.

The defendant said he was arrested as a result of a police witch hunt. Now that the proceedings were televised, the accused were hoping the country would know the truth.

AfriForum private investigator, Gerrie Nel said he was not surprised about the suspects’ reaction in court.

“Nothing that happened in court will change anything, we have a strong case,” said Nel.

Meyiwa’s brother, Sifiso, who was present in court said he was shocked by the suspects’ statements because the police told them that they had confessed.

The Orlando Pirates star was gunned down six years ago at his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo’s Vosloorus house.

Speaking on Monday, Police minister Beki Cele said that the police had made a breakthrough in the case. He also announced that the police had recovered the murder weapon.

“We have been looking for the weapon since the investigation started. We have found the weapon and it has been ballistically tested. We have concrete case this time because it has evidence,” Cele said.

While investigations continue, the police say there are more suspects to be arrested.

On Monday Afriforum revealed that Meyiwa’s murder was not a robbery but an assassination. Nel however, said the mastermind of the assassination was still at large.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Sipho Ngwema also said they were confident of the veracity of their case.

Outside court on Tuesday, soccer lovers camped in solidarity with the Meyiwa family.

The court was adjourned to 27 of November 2020 and the suspects will remain in custody.

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