Senzo Meyiwa Murder: Trial Delayed Till Next Week, Lawyer Needs Time

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The Pretoria High Court on Tuesday postponed the much-anticipated murder trial of the five men accused of the 2014 murder of Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.

The Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain was shot dead at his singer girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s mom’s house in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni. Meyiwa as only 27 years old when he was killed.

All five of the murder accused 34-year-old Muzikawukhulelwa Sthemba Sibiya, 30-year-old Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, 36-year-old Mthobisi Prince Ncube, 35-year-old Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa and 35-year-old Sifokuhle Ntuli appeared in the Pretoria High Court Tuesday.

The trial was set to start, after the defence lawyer for accused number 5, Ntuli, asked for a one-day postponement on Monday.  

However, on Tuesday the same defence lawyer asked for a further five-day postponement saying she needed more time to consult with state witnesses.

The state did not oppose the request for postponement, however, it pointed out to the court that it was in the best interest of society that the matter is finalised.

The judge granted the requested postponement, but warned it would be the last time delays would be entertained, because he also needed to consider the rights of the deceased’s family.

The trial is set for Friday next week, 22 April 2022.

MURDER ACCUSED: The five men charged with the murder of Senzo Meyiwa