Singer Kelly Khumalo – who has been named in court as the person who pulled the trigger in the fatal shooting of football star Senzo Meyiwa – is billed to perform tonight at the Healing Gospel & Afro Soul Explosion.
The Saturday night festival concert at The Boardwalk in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) is featuring Kelly, Jaziel Brothers, Butho Vuthela, Legato SA, and Dr. Sylvester Funani as MC.
The festival forms part of the Ebubeleni Festival’s Concert Series which is a build-up to the main events in December.
“It will be a night to turn up, sing out loud and encounter the healing God like never before, a night of high praise and powerful worship,” organisers promise.
This week, defence lawyer Advocate Malesela Teffo – representing four of the five accused in the ongoing murder trial of Meyiwa – told the high court in Pretoria that a witness will testify that Kelly accidentally discharged a gun resulting in Meyiwa’s death.
Meyiwa was fatally shot on 26 October 2014 at the Vosloorus home of his then-girlfriend Kelly.
Advocate Teffo said the gun was brought to Kelly’s house by Longwe Twala, the son of famous music man Chicco Twala.
Speaking to The Bulrushes, Kelly’s lawyer, Magdalene Moonsamy, said her client was not aware that she would be named as the “shooter” during the trial of the five men accused of the murder of the former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper.
Moonsamy, who has been barred from attending the trial on a watching brief – told The Bulrushes that her client was not warned that she would be accused in court of the murder of the father of her child.
Asked if Kelly was expecting to be accused of the murder, Moonsamy responded: “No… absolutely not warned or even intended for such pronouncement… in any event, my client (Kelly) remains innocent… she remains a victim and a State witness”
Asked what Kelly’s reaction was to the accusation that she “accidentally” fired the gun, her lawyer said like anybody else she was taken aback.
“She knows that she is absolutely innocent,” said Moonsamy.
“She is very well … she is in good faith and good spirits.”
Moonsamy said the trial should be focussing on the accused in the dock and not on Kelly.
The five murder suspects in the dock include Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi (Alleged shooter), Mthobisi Mncube, Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa, and Sifokuhle Sifiso (Nkani) Ntuli.
Two of the accused allegedly confessed to the dastardly deed.
However, Advocate Teffo suggested the accused were being framed and pointed to a draft police docket that held all the occupants in the house during the shooting as suspects.
“According to investigating officers of [case number] 375, seven people should be charged with the murder of Senzo Meyiwa, and defeating the ends of justice. Longwe Twala, [as] accused one, Kelly Khumalo, accused two, Gladness Khumalo, accused three, Zandi Khumalo, as accused four, Tumelo Madlala, accused five, and Mthokozisi Twala, accused six and Maggy Phiri as accused seven,” Teffo told the court on Tuesday.
However, the draft docket relied on by Advocate Teffo was not the docket before the court and Kelly’s lawyer said she would dispute it when the right time came.
“I do not get why the five accused and their defence attorneys or defence advocates are not presenting the matter of the accused… why is it not the accused?” asked Moonsamy.
“That should be the case… there are people in the dock… they need to attend to what is in the dock
“My client is waiting for her day in court… she continues to wait in anticipation of doing so.”
Moonsammy said her client has been cooperating with the authorities and has availed herself to answer questions whenever she has been required to do so by the police or NPA.
Tonight all eyes will be on Kelly’s performance in Gqeberha.