One of the people who was in the house when former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead is expected to appear in the Pretoria High Court.
The trial in the murder of the football star resumes on Tuesday morning.
The case was adjourned on Monday after a flight for a third witness could not be secured over the weekend. There was no replacement of the witness either.
VIDEO: Senzo Meyiwa’s murder trial Monday: September 12, 2022
The witness is expected to give detailed accounts of what happened at the home and how Meyiwa was shot that night.
Five men are on trial for the murder of Meyiwa, who was shot dead in Voslurus in 2014 at the home of his then-girlfriend’s mother, Kelly Khumalo.
Senzo Nomalanga Meyiwa’s sister says they have waited years to finally hear from those who were close to their brother what happened the night he was shot dead.
“That day we got the news that Senzo had died, and when we found out that he was with his friends, not just friends, but close friends that we thought of as brothers, we thought we would soon find out what happened. they were very close. As a family, we expected them to tell us quickly what happened – as they were very close to Senzo and we expected the truth from them as a family.”
#SenzoMeyiwaNomalanga Meyiwa’s sister says the family is not happy with the delay.
She says they were anxiously awaiting a witness who was in the home at the time of the shooting.
She says that the police failed them.#SABCNews #SenzoMeyiwa #SenzoMeyiwatrial pic.twitter.com/LPIOADvmW0
— Sipho King K Kekana (@KingKAzania) September 12, 2022
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Last week, the lawyer for the 5th accused in Meyiwa’s murder trial, lawyer Zandile Mshololo, said the murder case was poorly investigated because inexperienced police officers were involved.
Mshalola cross-examined the state’s second witness, Sergeant Patrick Mthethwa, who was one of the first police officers to arrive at the house where Meyiwa was shot dead.
On Thursday, the court heard evidence from Sergeant Patrick Mthetwa, who was the first to arrive at the scene with his colleague.
He is already the second witness to appear at the trial.
Conducting an investigation
Mthetwa contradicted the testimony of the first witness, Sergeant Thabo Mosiah, regarding the details of his arrival at the scene of the crime.
Mosiah testified that he found the late Police Brigadier Johan Ndlovu at the scene who had given him directions, but Mthethwa said this was not the case and that in fact Mosiah had arrived before Ndlovu.
He said it was Captain Zwane and not Ndlovu who first informed Mosiah of what happened during the shooting.
In his cross-examination, Mthethwa defended himself, saying he could not have cordoned off the crime scene on arrival because he did not know what had happened at the scene.
Mshololo: And you testify that Constable Mosiah arrived before Brigadier Ndlovu?
Mshololo: So when Constable Mosiah testified that he arrived at the scene and then found Brigadier Ndlovu already at the crime scene, is that wrong?
Mthetwa: I don’t know where he got it from when he said he came first. But isn’t it? Yes, that is correct.
Mthethwa, who was a police officer at the time, failed to inspect and secure the scene, leaving it in the hands of one of the men who claimed to be a family member, and rushed to the hospital where Meyiwa was taken.
He cordoned off the house only the second time he returned from the hospital when a provincial task force took over.
Mthethwa previously declined to reveal his qualifications, saying it was not relevant to the trial