In a significant development during the ongoing Senzo Meyiwa murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria, it was disclosed that the police sought the arrest of popular singer Kelly Khumalo in connection with the tragic killing of her partner, football sensation Senzo Meyiwa.
The court session on Wednesday unfolded with startling revelations from two of the accused individuals, who claimed that Kelly Khumalo had allegedly orchestrated a hit on the beloved footballer. Senzo Meyiwa lost his life in October 2014, in what was initially perceived as a botched robbery at Khumalo’s mother’s residence.
A total of five men are currently on trial for their alleged roles in the murder. Brigadier Bongani Gininda’s statement highlighted that as early as 2020, when the case was initially brought to court, the police believed that Kelly Khumalo had ordered the hit on Meyiwa. Despite this belief, a pertinent question arises – why is she not standing trial alongside the other accused?
According to Gininda, the police made significant efforts to apprehend Khumalo, including an application for a J50 warrant of arrest, which unfortunately did not receive the necessary authorization. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) played a pivotal role in the decision-making process, ultimately choosing to indict the five individuals currently on trial.
Gininda explained, “A decision was taken at that time that these are the people that must be indicted, and that is accused one to five. I cannot disclose further details in terms of my discussion with the NPA, but there were certain things that had to be looked into insofar as Ms Kelly Khumalo.”
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Despite Khumalo being implicated by the accused as the alleged mastermind, Section 219 of the Criminal Procedure Act raises doubts about the admissibility of confessions made by one person as evidence against another.
This legal nuance leaves the question open-ended – will the police persist in their efforts to bring Kelly Khumalo to court and ensure that she has her day in the legal proceedings? The unfolding trial is likely to shed more light on this complex and intriguing aspect of the case.