The Senzo Meyiwa trial resumes with a new judge to hear the case, after the many dramas of the past when a different judge was at the vanguard of justice. Zandie Khumalo was on the ground to testify as the first witness.
Muzikawukhulelwa Sthemba Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Ncube, Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa and Sifisokuhle Ntuli are the five persons standing trial for the murder of the former Bafana Bafana goalie.
In the previous trial, which was presided over by Maumela, all five accused had insisted on their innocence. They maintained the same stand as the retrial begins, with a new judge to hear the case.
The trial began with the prosecuting advocate Baloyi reading out the charges against the five accused. The new Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng asked them to plead and they all insisted on their innocence.
Zandie Khumalo, who happens to be the younger sister of Kelly Khumalo, Senzo Meyiwa’s girlfriend at the time he was killed, testified about what happened on that day. She appeared more composed than she was during the previous sitting.
Senzo Meyiwa was murdered in 2014 in what was initially dubbed a robbery gone wrong. The trial has been dragging on since then, with a retrial taking place because the previous judge, Maumela, was suspended by Cyril Ramaphosa.