Kelly Khumalo’s Son Christian Witnesses Scuffle Leading to Senzo Meyiwa’s Fatal Shooting
In a gripping turn of events at the high court in Pretoria, it was revealed on Tuesday that Christian, the son of renowned South African singer Kelly Khumalo, bore witness to the tumultuous altercation that ultimately culminated in the fatal shooting of soccer star Senzo Meyiwa. The testimony unfolded as Mthokozisi Twala, a close friend of Meyiwa and the fourth state witness in the murder trial, took the stand.
Twala recounted the harrowing incident, stating, “There was a scuffle because Senzo is the one who proceeded towards the guy who had a firearm, and they proceeded towards the kitchen. I remember what I took was the phone, and when I went to the kitchen, Christian was in the kitchen looking at what was happening.” This revelation adds a haunting layer to the tragic events that transpired on October 26, 2014, in Vosloorus.
In an effort to shield young Christian from the distressing scene, Twala moved him to the left side of the sitting room as the chaos unfolded in the Khumalos’ house. Twala’s firsthand account provides a poignant glimpse into the trauma experienced by those present during that fateful night.
Twala identified the first intruder as a short individual with dreadlocks. Meyiwa was fatally shot in what was initially described as a botched robbery. The incident took place in the presence of Kelly Khumalo, her mother Ntombi, sister Zandi, Zandi’s boyfriend Longwe Twala, and Senzo’s friends Mthokozisi Twala and Tumelo Madlala.
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The accused individuals—Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa, and Sifisokuhle Nkani Ntuli—are currently standing trial for charges including premeditated murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, possession of firearms without a license, and possession of ammunition. All have pleaded not guilty.
Twala’s detailed account sheds light on the sequence of events, with Longwe being the first to confront the intruder, followed by Senzo and Tumelo. The courtroom was gripped by tension as Twala described the unfolding scene, revealing that a second intruder, armed with a sharp object resembling a knife, emerged behind the first.
Despite the distressing circumstances, Twala’s recollection is critical to the ongoing trial, providing valuable insights into the moments leading up to Meyiwa’s tragic demise. The trial will resume on Wednesday, with heightened anticipation as key witnesses may be recalled to address certain issues raised during the proceedings.