According to reports, court proceedings in the Senzo Meyiwa case had to be temporarily adjourned after drama unfolded when the five suspects refused to get into the dock.
The five suspects, who were arrested in connection with the murder of the Bafana Bafana star, had to appear in the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. Reports say the suspects refused to take the stand saying they had nothing to do with Meyiwa’s death.
The five are facing charges of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, attempted murder, being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
According to The Star, Muzikawulahlelwa Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokosizi Maphisa and SifikuhleNkani Ntuli are currently behind bars serving sentences for different crimes, while others are still awaiting trial.
One of the accused, Mr Maphisa, told the court: “The people who are supposed to be on court are not appearing because they have money,”
According to reports, Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead in Vosloorus on 26 October 2014 while visiting his girlfriend, singer and actress Kelly Khumalo. It is alleged that this was a robbery gone wrong, Khumalo’s sister was reportedly also shot during the alleged robbery.
The state maintains that Meyiwa was killed in a robbery, saying the suspects barged into the house in Vosloorus with an unlicensed firearm and demanded money and cellphones.
However, on Monday, AfriForum’s Head of Private Prosecutions Unit, Advocate Gerrie Nel and the family reportedly said that Meyiwa was not killed in a robbery, but rather an assassination.
“We agree that having gone through the evidence that this was a hit and we have indicated our full cooperation in exposing the mastermind and ensuring that the mastermind is also prosecuted,” Nel said.