Senzo Meyiwa’s friend certain that the soccer star’s murder was committed by suspect number 2.
Longtime friend of Senzo Meyiwa claims he identified the right suspect as one of the alleged hitmen involved in the soccer star’s assassination back in 2014.
Senzo Meyiwa murder trial
Following a break in September, the murder trial against the five men charged with the death of the former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper reopened on Monday in Pretoria’s North Gauteng High Court.
Tumelo Madlala, Meyiwa’s friend and the third witness for the state, returned to the witness stand for the defense’s cross-examination.
Defense lawyer Tshepo Thobane, who is representing four of the five defendants, questioned Madlala on whether he still stood by his docket designation of Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi as the second accused.
When Meyiwa was shot and killed on October 26, 2014, during an alleged robbery at his then-girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s family home in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, Madlala participated in dock identification in September. He identified Ntanzi as the man Meyiwa had pinned against the wall on that night.
Even though Madlala attended an identity parade and was unable to recognize any of the accused at the time, he was inside the Khumalo home and was able to recognize Ntanzi.
Thobane argued that because Madlala had seen Ntanzi in the media, he was able to recognize him in court.
“I put it to you that you only managed to point out accuse number two in court because you have been watching television and [following] the media,” he said.
Madlala said in response: “No, I deny that. I’m not the kind of person who is interested in watching TV.
“Furthermore, I’d like to point out that the suspect I pointed to on that particular day [the day Meyiwa was killed] was wearing a jacket with a hoodie even if I can’t recall the colour of the jacket. I remember that clearly.”
Earlier, Madlala also refuted claims that he was altering his court testimony in comparison to the police’s affidavits.
“I’m not changing any statement and I won’t say something that is wrong after having taken an oath. I’m not misleading the court.”