Tue. Mar 5th, 2024

By Ojukwu Emmanuel Chiadikaobi

South African gospel sensation Kelly Khumalo vehemently denies any involvement in the tragic 2014 murder of football star Senzo Meyiwa, as shocking details emerged during the ongoing trial at the Gauteng High Court.

Senzo Meyiwa, a former national football team captain and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper, lost his life while attempting to shield Khumalo from armed robbers. Five suspects were apprehended in 2020, and the court proceedings have now brought to light startling accusations against Khumalo.

Late Bufana Bufana Senzo meyiwa
Late Bafana Bafana Captain Senzo Meyiwa

Lead investigator Bongani Gininda informed the court on Wednesday that Khumalo allegedly orchestrated a “contractual assassination or hit” on her then-boyfriend. Khumalo’s spokesperson asserted to the BBC that they place their trust in the legal process, emphasizing that Khumalo’s legal team is actively addressing the situation.

The trial, capturing the nation’s attention, unfolded after police documents were leaked in 2020, linking Khumalo to the murder suspects. At that time, Khumalo’s lawyer had stated she had “no knowledge” of the accused individuals.

Gininda revealed in court that one suspect, through a confession statement, claimed Khumalo had provided instructions for Meyiwa’s murder. The lead investigator also pointed to “cell phone linkages” connecting Khumalo to the suspects.

Colonel Lambertus Steyn from the National Cold Case Investigation Unit testified last year that Khumalo had been in contact with one of the accused before Meyiwa’s tragic demise. Adding to the complexity, a photograph of money in a transparent bag on Khumalo’s phone matched an image found on a suspect’s device.

The court is currently deliberating the admissibility of confession statements, with two suspects alleging their admissions were made under duress. Khumalo and Meyiwa, who share a child, were revealed to have a strained relationship, according to Gininda. He stated, “She hated him and wanted to get rid of him,” referring to communication records between Khumalo and her sister from early 2013.

As South Africa grapples with the unfolding details of this high-profile trial, the nation remains captivated by the twists and turns in the tragic story of Senzo Meyiwa’s murder.

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