In the ongoing Senzo Meyiwa murder case in Pretoria, a neighbor of the Khumalo family in Vosloorus, Khaya Ngcatshe, took the stand as the second State witness.
Ngcatshe recounted what he saw on the fateful day when the soccer star was gunned down.
He mentioned that he was in his bedroom when he heard commotion coming from the Khumalo home at around 7 pm.
Curious, he looked out of his window to investigate. Spotting a young man jumping over the wall into his yard, Ngcatshe grabbed a steel bar, intending to confront the intruder.
However, the man pleaded for help, revealing that there had been a shooting at the Khumalo house.
Immediately, Ngcatshe and his father rushed down the road with other community members, following reports of people running.
Upon reaching a nearby park, they found no one. Returning to the Khumalo home, they discovered Senzo Meyiwa inside, lying with a chest wound.
Neighbors gathered to assist, trying to get him upright. Eventually, they got him in the car and Kelly Khumalo drove him to the hospital, but tragically, Meyiwa was pronounced dead upon arrival.
During the trial, Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng expressed concern saying, it was very bizarre that an incident with such magnitude would happen in a township, and yet no one saw people running in the street.
The shooting occurred on October 26, 2014, at the Khumalo homestead, where Meyiwa, his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, her younger sister Zandile, their mother Ntombi Khumalo, Longwe Twala, Meyiwa’s friends Mthokozisi Thwala and Tumelo Madlala, Kelly’s young son Christian, and Thingo, her daughter with Meyiwa, were present.
Five men are accused of killing Meyiwa and are facing charges of murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, possession of an unlicensed firearm, and possession of ammunition.
The accused individuals, namely Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Mthobisi Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa, and Sifokuhle Ntuli, have all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The trial continues with further testimonies and cross-examinations.