Five men refuse to step into dock in protest at being charged
Senzo Meyiwa murder accused cause chaos in court
The five men accused of killing Senzo Meyiwa caused a spectacle in court yesterday when they refused to step into the dock, refused legal representation and protested against being charged for the Pirates shot stopper’s murder.
Muzikawulahlelwa S’tembu Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokosizeni Ziphozonke Maphisa and Sifikuhle Nkani Ntuli were yesterday charged with Meyiwa’s murder. The former keeper was gunned down at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s Vosloorus home in 2014.
The drama began when Sibiya refused to step into the dock before being charged, while Mncube, Maphisa and Ntuli protested about their arrests and subsequent appearance in the Boksburg magistrate's court. Mncube, the third accused, told the court: “I do not see the need to get a legal representative because I do not know why I was brought to court. I will not enter the dock because I didn’t kill Senzo.”
Mncube further said: “[Police minister] Bheki Cele said some of us were arrested from outside. We have been in prison for a number of years and that’s a lie. Don’t play with us.”
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Mncube is the alleged triggerman who is already serving time for taxi industry-related killings. He is serving 55 years for crimes covering Vosloorus, Kagiso, Tsakane and Alexandra. He was arrested in February 2015, just three months after Meyiwa's murder. A gun he apparently used in the murder of a taxi boss was linked to Meyiwa's killing through ballistic tests, according to police.
In refusing to stand in the dock, Maphisa, the fourth suspect, told the court: “The people who are supposed to be appearing before court are not here because they have money. It means the court will have to direct questions to me because I do not have money for legal representation.”
However, their protests were in vain as prosecutor George Baloyi read out the charges that the state was proffering against the five men. Baloyi said on October 26 2014, two men burst into the house in Vosloorus carrying a firearm and a knife.
A scuffle ensued between Meyiwa and a dreadlocked man, who was carrying a firearm. The state alleges a shot went off and hit Khumalo's sister Zandi in the leg. A second shot, according to indictment, went off and hit Meyiwa in the chest. Meyiwa was transported to a nearby hospital where he was certified dead at 9.15pm on that day.
It could not be established yesterday how all the men other than Mncube had been linked to Meyiwa's murder.
While the court drama was playing out, an internal document from the National Prosecuting Authority was leaked, which alleged that Khumalo was in contact with Ntuli, accused number five.
The pair allegedly communicated telephonically and that it was mentioned that there was a lender who allegedly gave money to “ostensibly pay hitmen and that this lender was pestering her [Khumalo] for the repayment of this loan”. Khumalo did not respond to questions sent to her.
In 2019, Khumalo told eNCA that she would not protect the identity of someone who murdered her child’s father. “One thing I will never do is protect someone who killed my daughter’s father. At what expense, really?” she asked.
Meyiwa's brother Sifiso Meyiwa told the media after the court proceedings that he was shocked by the five accused. “I am shocked because the police are the ones who brought them here, alleging they have also made confessions. I was hoping they would step into the box, but they don’t want to enter,” said Sifiso.
Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, police minister Bheki Cele has announced. Cele said the arrests were made between 8am and 10am on Monday in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Meyiwa was gunned down in Volsoorus, east of Johannesburg, in the presence of his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo and members of her family in 2014.