The family of slain Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa, say they were hoping that two of his friends, Mthokozisi Twala and Tumelo Madlala, who were reportedly present when he was shot, would tell them exactly what happened that fateful night.

Senzo Meyiwa is believed to have been shot dead by armed robbers at singer Kelly Khumalo’s house in Voslurus on October 26, 2014, and six people were inside the house at the time he was killed.


It has been some time since the Meyiwa family last attended a trial in the North Gauteng High Court, however Senzo Nomalanga Meyiwa’s sister was present on Monday, September 12.

The key witness, who is reported to be from Durban, was expected to appear in court on Monday but was unable to make it to court due to a lack of flights according to the state.

Speaking after the adjournment, Nomalanga Meyiwa said that as a family they hope Mtakazisi Twala and Thumela Madlala will tell them what happened the night their best friend was shot dead.

“When we heard that Senzo’s close friends, whom we also treated as brothers, were present, we thought it wouldn’t take us that long to find out what happened that night. We thought they would tell us the truth about what happened and who shot Senzo,” she said.

Namalanga appeared to be frustrated not only with Senzo’s friends but also with the South African Police Service (SAPS). Speaking about the witnesses who have come forward so far, Meiyiwa’s elder sister said the family felt that the SAPS had failed them in their failure to properly investigate the case of her brother’s murder.

The police’s “inexperience” and failure to follow procedure have been the focus of the ongoing trial as both lawyers, including lawyer Malesela Tefa, who has since resigned, accused the police of shoddy work; from the failure to cordon off and protect the crime scene from contamination to the absence of important evidence and conflicting statements and evidence.

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