The Senzo Meyiwa murder trial resumed on Tuesday in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Zandile Khumalo, who is the first State witness, took the stand.
The prosecutor, advocate George Baloyi, read out the charges against the five men accused of murdering Senzo Meyiwa.
The charges include premeditated murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, possession of firearms without a licence, and possession of ammunition.
Before this trial, the previous one was canceled because the presiding judge, Tshifhiwa Maumela, was suspended by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
When asked to plead, the accused said they were pleading not guilty to all charges.
Zandile Khumalo is the sister of Meyiwa’s girlfriend at the time, Kelly Khumalo.
She was present in the house where the late football star was killed, which was their family home in Spruitview, Vosloorus. The incident happened during a suspected robbery.
Zandile calmly recounted the events of that fateful day, which happened nine years ago.
They started the day at Kelly and Meyiwa’s shared home in Mulbarton.
Their initial plan was to drop off Meyiwa and his friend at a teammate’s party, but the party hadn’t started yet. They then went to a pub in Soweto, where Kelly had a performance.
After the performance, they went to another house to drop off money at a friend of Meyiwa’s mother.
Later, they visited Thwala’s home in Katlehong before going to their own home in Spruitview. They stopped at a nearby tavern to buy drinks.
At their home, they found their mother cooking dinner. Zandile invited her boyfriend, Longwe Twala, who had been asking about their whereabouts.
The trial is ongoing as more witnesses are expected to testify.
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