Social media users are not impressed with the latest developments in Senzo Meyiwa’s murder trial following Judge Tifhiwa Maumela’s decision to ban three media companies – SABC, eNCA and Newzroom Afrika – from broadcasting in court on Tuesday 13 September.

According to reports, Judge Maumela has ruled that photos and videos of witness Tumelo Madlala cannot be taken to recover from the intimidation of journalists this morning in the Pretoria High Court.

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Tumela Madlala is a friend of the late Senzo Meyiwa and one of the witnesses who were present at the house when the former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and Bafana Bafana captain was killed. Meyiwa was murdered on October 26, 2014 in Voslurus at the home of his then girlfriend and mother of singer Kelly Khumalo.

When Tumelo (who is a state witness) arrived on Tuesday morning, he was approached by reporters for an interview before he could reach the courtroom.

A video posted on Twitter showed reporters chasing him down hallways and demanding answers as he tried to find the courtroom.


This angered the prosecuting attorney, George Baloya, who informed the court of the incident, SowetanLIVE reports.

“They came knowing that this behavior … was deliberately staged. I am one of the advocates of public interest… but never at the expense of legal proceedings,” Maumela replied.

He then ordered the three media to leave the courtroom.


Twitter users, eagerly awaiting Tumelo’s testimony as he tells the court what happened the night Senzo Meyiwa was killed, lashed out at the journalists.

“What the media did to Senzo Meyiwa’s witness in court this morning was really unnecessary, we can’t watch the case now because of their impunity,” one tweet said.

“So these journalists wanted to knock out the witness 😠 answers that are meant for the court!!! Why not wait until he finishes testifying,” said another tweet.

Stay tuned for updates on the Senzo Meyiwa trial @TheSAnews on Twitter as journalist Nokwanda Ncwane live tweets from the Pretoria High Court.

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