WATCH | Empty promises and publicity stunts: angry Senzo Meyiwa fan slams police

28 October 2020 - 11:34
Five people appeared at the Boksburg magistrate's court on October 27 2020 for the murder of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa. Fans outside the court said the justice system has failed the soccer fraternity.
Five people appeared at the Boksburg magistrate's court on October 27 2020 for the murder of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa. Fans outside the court said the justice system has failed the soccer fraternity.
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As five men linked to the murder of Senzo Meyiwa appeared at the Boksburg magistrate's court on Tuesday, a video of a soccer fan who says he can't trust the police to crack the case has gone viral on Twitter.

Speaking to Newzroom Afrika outside the courtroom, the man identified by sportscaster Robert Marawa as Bongani said the justice system has failed the soccer fraternity over the past six years. 

He slammed police minister Bheki Cele, who has previously failed to deliver on his promises to apprehend the killers of the former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper. South Africans had high hopes last year after Cele said Meyiwa's case would be solved “before Christmas.”

“This is not the first time a suspect has been brought to court. A person was brought to court, only to be found innocent.

“This is the second batch of witnesses or perpetrators who might have killed Senzo. I won't get excited just because the suspects are brought to court. I'll only get excited if there's actual progress and someone is charged and brought to justice,” said Bongani.

On Monday, the sixth anniversary of Meyiwa's murder, police gave the nation an update into the investigation. Cele said there was a watertight case against five men who were arrested earlier in the day in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Bongani has dismissed this as yet another stunt by police to convince South Africans there is progress in the investigation. 

Muzikawulahlelwa S’tembu Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokosizeni Ziphozonke Maphisa and Sifikuhle Nkani Ntuli appeared in court.

South Africans were shocked when some of the men refused to enter the dock as they denied involvement in Meyiwa's murder.

Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, police minister Bheki Cele has announced. Cele said the arrests were made between 8am and 10am on Monday in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Meyiwa was gunned down in Volsoorus, east of Johannesburg, in the presence of his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo and members of her family in 2014.

Others disputed claims made by Cele that they were arrested on Monday. Mncube, Maphisa and Ntuli did not apply for bail as they were in custody on other cases. Sibiya and Ntanzi said they did not know how they were linked to the murder.

Speaking for Meyiwa's family, Senzo's brother Sifiso said the family was shocked that some of the suspects refused to enter the dock because police had informed the family they had confessions.

Meyiwa was gunned down on October 24 2014 at the home of his girlfriend, singer Kelly Khumalo, in Vosloorus. Khumalo, her sister Zandi, their mother Ntombi and Longwe Twala were among those who were present at the time of the murder.


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