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    Witness reveals lead investigator, Colonel Buthelezi, took him to Meyiwa’s grave

    State witness and Senzo Meyiwa’s close friend Tumelo Madlala has revealed that lead investigator Colonel Joyce Buthelezi took him to the late goalkeeper’s grave. 

    This after Madlala revealed that he never made it to the graveyard during Meyiwa’s funeral as the late goalkeeper’s father allegedly banned him from attending the funeral.


    Madlala was under cross examination by defence counsel for accused 5 Adv Zandile Mshololo when he accused Buthelezi of lying and being behind contradictory statements. This was after Mshololo referred to a statement by Mlungisi Edward Hlophe who according to Madlala is Meyiwa’s brother-in-law.

    Madlala then alleged that the statement is not true and that he knows who was “pushing an agenda” when the statements were taken.

    Madlala told the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria that Buthelezi is behind the two dockets which implicate different people for the murder of the late goalkeeper. 

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    Colonel Buthelezi was the lead investigator in Vosloorus CAS 375/1/2019 which was the first docket in the matter which implicated those who were present when Meyiwa was murdered which are Kelly Khumalo, her sister Zandie, her mother Gladness as well as Tumelo Madlala and Mthokozisi Thwala.

    She recommended that the people who were in the house should be arrested and charged with defeating the ends of justice. The top cop also believed that the people who were in the house misled the police about what exactly happened when soccer star was murdered.

    When asked if a statement was ever taken by Buthelezi Madlala said she took a number of statements from him.

    He further said Colonel Buthelezi took him to Meyiwa’s grave and a place of safety. 

    “We are in this fiasco of confusing statements because of her. She has lied a lot and did many wrong things, in fact a number of people have been assaulted because of her,” Madlala said. 

    Madlala further alleged that Buthelezi also took Meyiwa’s friend and brother-in-law Mthokozisi Thwala to Pretoria where he was assaulted the whole night. Thwala was also present at the Vosloorus house when  Meyiwa was shot. 

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