A defense attorney in the murder trial of Senzo Meyiwa has told the Pretoria High Court that those who were with him before his murder should be charged and questioned.
Attorney Malesela Teffo told the witness Sgt. Thabo Mosia reports that there are two cases opened in relation to the murder of Meyiwa.
“The theory in [one] case is that according to their (investigating officers’) assessment or finding of their investigation, it is nonsensical to say that someone entered the house,” he said.
Teffo submitted in court that he fully supported the theory in a draft listing the killer and the murder weapon and fully supported were in the house.
“According to this case, seven persons who should be arrested and charged were [already] in this house,” he said.
Teffo said loudly In this case, the suspects were Longwe Twala, Kelly Khumalo, Gladness [Ntombi] Khumalo, Zandile Khumalo, Tumelo Madlala and Mthok ozisi Twala and Maggie Phiri, who allegedly cleaned the crime scene.
The draft had proposed that they be charged with murder and contempt of justice.
Reading from the draft, Teffo said that it said, “By the accused acting as perpetrator intentionally killing Meyiwa by shooting him. In doing so, the defendant unlawfully and intentionally violated the purpose of the judiciary. Defendants one through six hatched a scheme to say they were robbed by an unknown person. Defendant seven cleaned the crime scene before the police arrived,” he said.
Meyiwa, then a celebrated goaltender for the Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana, was killed in what is believed to be a botched robbery in Vosloorus gunned down , east of Johannesburg.
Kelly Khumalo was his girlfriend and with her were her mother Ntombi, sister Zandi, Zandi’s friend Longwe Twala and his friends Mthokozisi Twala and Tumelo Madlala.
Khumalos two minor children, including the daughter she has with Meyiwa, were also in the home at the time.
The six had claimed that a gunman entered the home, shot Senzo, and fled.
Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa and Sifisokuhle Nkani Ntuli were charged with first degree murder, attempted murder, robbery in aggravated circumstances, possession of a firearm without a license and possession of ammunition.
< p >The group has pleaded not guilty.
Teffo told the court his customers are scapegoats to avoid prosecuting the right people.
The group at the house allegedly loaded an injured Meyiwa into his car and drove him to the hospital, where he was found dead.
Teffo said, “We’re going to look at the driver first, who is the key player in this act,” he said .
He claimed that their behavior amounted to defeating the aims of justice and covering up a death.
Teffo said a witness would testify that Meyiwa was shot with a revolver not with a 9mm revolver.
Previously, Teffo had questioned whether Meyiwa was alive when he was rushed to the hospital and said a witness would testify that he died at the scene.< /p>
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