Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa and Sifisokuhle Nkani Ntuli are appearing in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. They are charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, possession of firearms without a licence and possession of ammunition.
The trial was meant to get under way on Monday but was postponed for a day when the defence lawyers requested time to consult with the accused, after the prosecution had introduced fresh witness statements.
Meyiwa’s sister Nomalanga told TimesLIVE: “The only thing we want now is to have closure as a family and close this chapter for Senzo. We just want to live our lives freely now.
“Being here as a family, it’s such a relief to know that the trial is starting. We are hoping to get information on exactly what happened on that day and also answers to the [questions] we have had on the death of our brother.”
She said the wait had been difficult to endure. “It was a long, very hard journey. It’s not easy to live without a part of a family, of which you do not know how he died or why he was killed and there is no-one who is charged.”