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    ‘No U-turn’: NPA clears the air on docket implicating Kelly Khumalo

    The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has cleared the air on the second docket into the murder of Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa, which implicates his then girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, her sister Zandile Khumalo-Gumede as well as her mother.

    On Monday, the Director of Public Prosecutions in the Gauteng Division (Johannesburg), Advocate Sbongile Mzinyathi said they will decide on the second docket after the current trial of the five men accused of murdering Meyiwa has been concluded.


    In a statement, NPA Regional spokesperson in Pretoria, Phindi Mjonondwane said they adopted a prosecutorial strategy that a decision be made after all evidence is led during the current trial and findings thereon, which will inform an assessment of what will transpire.

    According to the second docket the people who were in the house the night Meyiwa was murdered at Kelly Khumalo’s home in Vooslorus, Ekurhuleni were to be charged with murder and defeating the ends of justice. 

    The indictment further stated that the right people who have to appear before court are: 

    Longwe Twala (accused 1), Kelly Khumalo (accused 2), Gladness Khumalo (accused 3), Zandie Khumalo (accused 4), Tumelo Madlala (accused 5), Mthokozisi Twala (accused 6) and Maggie Phiri (accused 7).

    Accused 1 – 6 are said to have hatched a plan to say armed robbers had entered the house and shot Meyiwa. Accused 7, a neighbour, is said to have cleaned the house before the arrival of the police in the crime scene. 

    Sisters, Zandile and Kelly Khumalo. Photo: Twitter/@AdvoBarryRoux

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    Mjonondwane said it is important to note that the second docket, Vosloorus Cas 375/1/2019 was opened on 22 January 2019 by two police officers who were part of the initial investigating team.

    She added that the police officers were apparently frustrated by the lack of progress in the investigation and probably thought that the six witnesses who were in the house when the incident happened were not truthful when they mentioned that the attackers intruded the house.

    “The police officers apparently thought that the witnesses were concealing the truth about the true identity of the killer of Senzo Meyiwa as such killer(s) could not be identified or found. A wrong suspect was even pointed out during an identity parade.

    “However, a breakthrough came in May 2020 when the current accused were identified. So, the initial suspicion that the two police officers had were superceded by the identification of the suspects in this case and their subsequent arrest.”

    Phindi Mjonondwane
    The five men accused of the murder of Senzo Meyiwa. Image: Nokwanda Ncwane/The South African.

    The trial will resume on Monday, 5 September, at the Pretoria High Court.

    ALSO READ: Senzo Meyiwa trial latest: Is Kelly Khumalo now off the hook?

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