Chaos in court as Meyiwa murder case postponed

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There was drama at the Boksburg Magistrate court where the suspects charged with the murder of former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa made an appearance.

Khulela Themba Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Chris Mncube, Mthokoziseni Zifozonke Mapisa and Sifiso Ntuli are facing charges of murder, attempted murder and robbery relating to the death of Meyiwa who was killed six years ago.

Police Minister Bheki Cele announced yesterday that the suspects were arrested on Monday in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal.

But chaos erupted as one of the suspects refused to enter the dock saying he does not agree with the charges against him and accused the police of corruption.

Meyiwa’s family have also reacted with shock on the on-going drama at the Boksburg Magistrate court.

“Like all South Africans at the moment, we are baffled to say the least,” Meyiwa’s cousin, Siyabonga Meyiwa told News TV Channel, Newzroom Afrika.

“There are other wealthy individuals who could have appeared but they have not appeared. I think the pressure that was put via us approaching the AfriForum did help.

“We can see obviously some of the happenings could be stage-managed, has been haphazard, that’s why people are refusing to say certain things. But we also have heard from the Minister that the first batch of people who are being brought in are people who pulled the trigger who were present at the scene,” said Meyiwa.

“But the people who masterminded the whole thing are still going to be brought to book, so we are hoping that a confession will come and these people who were behind this will now be brought to book.

“It will be a surprise to us if a few police are also not arrested as part of the conspiracy. So what is happening in the court symbolises to some extent how deep this whole thing is.”

The case has been postponed to 27 November at the Boksburg court while the five accused will remain in custody.

*Video and picture by Masego Rahlaga.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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