The high court in Pretoria has heard how it was allegedly singer Kelly Khumalo who mistakenly shot her lover and football star Senzo Meyiwa.
That was revealed by defence lawyer Malesela Teffo who cross-examined state witness Sergeant Thabo Mosia.
Five men are standing trial for the murder of Meyiwa in 2014 at Khumalo’s home.
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Teffo, who is the advocate for the first four accused, said he would bring an eyewitness who would testify how it was Khumalo who pulled the trigger of a revolver that killed Meyiwa.
“The firearm used to shoot Senzo Robert Meyiwa by Kelly Khumalo came with Logwe Twala.”
He introduced this version of events by a witness who has not yet been called to the stand while cross-examining the State’s first witness in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday morning.
Teffo said the witness would testify that Meyiwa was shot by Khumalo, using a revolver that belonged to Longwe Twala.
Longwe, the son of musician Chicco Twala, was one of the people at the house on the night of the shooting. Longwe had been dating Khumalo’s sister, Zandie, at the time.
Teffo claimed that after Meyiwa had been shot, a meeting was held between the people in the house and high-ranking police officers, as well as former Gauteng community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malubane.
According to Teffo, who did not substantiate his claims, a plan was hatched at the meeting to conceal the truth about Meyiwa’s death and stage the scene so that those in the house would not be held responsible.
It was previously reported that Teffo’s case was laid bare during the cross-examination of the first witness, Sergeant Thabo Mosia, in which, through questions to Mosia, he detailed a plan in which his clients were effectively framed for the murder.
During cross-examination Mosia made several concessions on how the scene could have been contaminated.
He told the court how he took only eight photos just after midnight when he arrived on the scene.
Mosia, who is a forensic police officer who had six years’ experience in that field at the time, said at some point he decided to stop processing the scene.
Teffo insisted that the crime scene which Mosia found 20 minutes after midnight was already contaminated.
For the first time since the beginning of trial, Mosia conceded that the crime scene “could have” been tempered with after being pressed with questions.
But he says he confined them to a bedroom in the house warning them not to contaminate the scene.
But in the second case investigated by Lt-Col Joyce Buthelezi and W/O Meshack Makhubo, police held the view that the claim that two people entered that house was “nonsensical”.
“The killer and the murder weapon [were] in the house. That is the theory as I said. [Case number] 375 (which was opened in 2019) says the suspects should be the people who were in the house with the deceased that day.
“It cannot be some people who were never in that address on the 26 October 2014.”
Teffo told the court that Meyiwa actually died on the scene and therefore the scene which Mosia found was “incomplete”.
“We will call the witness who will testify that Senzo Meyiwa died on the scene. When you say they took him to the hospital to save his life, actually, they were going to dump him at the hospital mortuary,” Teffo said.
Meyiwa was killed at Khumalo’s home in Vosloorus.
“According to investigating officers of [case number] 375, seven people should be charged with the murder of Senzo Meyiwa, and defeating the ends of justice. Longwe Twala, [as] accused one, Kelly Khumalo, accused two, Gladness Khumalo, accused three, Zandi Khumalo, as accused four, Tumelo Madlala, accused five, and Mthokozisi Twala, accused six and Maggy Phiri as accused seven,” Teffo said.
Muzikawukhulelwa S’Tembu Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa, and Fisokuhle Ntuli have been charged for the murder of Meiywa.
The trial continues.