May 19, 2023


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Zandile Khumalo takes the stand in Senzo Meyiwa trial

Zandile Khumalo takes the stand in Senzo Meyiwa trial

Zandile Khumalo

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    Khumalo wanted the media to be barred from broadcasting audio recordings of her testimony
    The court ruled that the star’s face may not to be shown in the media

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PRETORIA – KELLY Khumalo's sister, Zandile on Thursday took the stand in the Pretoria High Court to testify in the trial against the men implicated in the murder of her sister's boyfriend, footballer Senzo Meyiwa.

There was a long pause as she was called to the stand as the fifth witness.

Wearing a black blazer with glistening stones, Zandile walked into the witness box. 

She adjusted the chair before sitting down as her eyes swept the courtroom. 

This was shortly after she failed to get the court to rule that the media be barred from broadcasting audio recordings of her testimony. However, it ruled her face may not be shown.

“Live broadcast of the image of the witness will not be permitted. Members of electronic media are permitted to live broadcast the testimony of the witness ... by means of audio. The prohibition of images of [the] witness ...  while she testifies shall remain in place until the finalisation of this trial,” judge Tshifhiwa Maumela ruled.

Meyiwa was gunned down in what was described as a botched robbery in the presence of his then-girlfriend Kelly, her mother Ntombi, Zandile, Zandile’s boyfriend Longwe Twala and Senzo’s friends Mthokozisi Thwala and Tumelo Madlala.

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Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa and Sifisokuhle Nkani Ntuli are standing trial for the murder of the footballer.

They have been charged with premeditated murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, possession of firearms without a licence and possession of ammunition.

They have all pleaded not guilty. - TimesLIVE


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