As the trial of five men accused of killing the former Bafana Bafana captain continues, there was news of a new witness in the Senzo Meyiwa trial. As per The South African, the highly anticipated trial of the suspects involved in the death of Meyiwa resumed on Tuesday at the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. The new witness will take the stand amidst their legal team’s objections about the proceedings’ public broadcast.
The trial has been ongoing since October 2020, involving several witnesses taking the stand. Meyiwa was shot dead during an alleged botched robbery at his girlfriend’s home, Kelly Khumalo, in Vosloorus, Gauteng, on October 26, 2014. The five men on trial, Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa, and Fisokuhle Nkani Ntuli, have all pleaded not guilty to charges of premeditated murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravated circumstances, possession of firearms without a license, and possession of ammunition.
On Tuesday, Meyiwa’s close friend, Mthokozisi Thwala, who was present during the shooting, was cross-examined by the accused’s legal representatives. Court proceedings typically follow a set schedule, beginning at 10:00 am, breaking for tea at 11:15 am, and resuming at 11:30 am. Proceedings adjourn again at 1:00 pm for lunch and continue at 2:00 pm, with the occasional delays and adjustments due to unforeseen circumstances.
The families of the victim and accused have been in court throughout the trial, with supporters of both sides expressing their opinions outside the courthouse. As the truth continues to come out with the new witness in the Senzo Meyiwa trial, many hope justice will be served for the former Bafana Bafana player’s tragic death.