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Senzo Meyiwa murder trial postponed for 5 days

Isaac Mahlangu Senior reporter
The five man accused of killing Bafana Bafana star, Senzo Meyiwa appearing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.
The five man accused of killing Bafana Bafana star, Senzo Meyiwa appearing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.
Image: Antonio Muchave

The trial against five men accused of killing soccer star Senzo Meyiwa has once again been postponed — this time for five days.

Adv Zandile Mshololo, SC, for accused number five, Sifisokuhle Ntuli, asked for a five-day postponement to allow her client to adequately prepare his defence.

Mshololo said if the court did not grant the postponement Ntuli would be prejudiced as they only had one day, Monday, to discuss the evidence contained in the statements of the witnesses.

Although judge Tshifhiwa Maumela granted Mshololo the five-day postponement asked for, he however warned that this would be the last postponement to be granted.

On Monday, Mshololo had asked for a day's postponement to consult with Ntuli which Maumela granted.

Mshololo argued on Tuesday morning that the one day was not sufficient and asked for a further five days until April 21 to allow her to consult with her client and verify certain aspects of the evidence in the statements of the witnesses which she only received on March 30.

The state had said the statement were not released due to safety concerns around the witnesses who are in both KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

“We are unable to proceed with the trial today, we request five days as we only had yesterday to consult with accused number 5,” Mshololo said.

Maumela said the postponement was granted taking into consideration everyone's constitutional rights.

The former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was gunned down in October 2014 in what was described as a botched robbery, in the presence of his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, her mother Ntombi, sister Zandi, Zandi’s boyfriend Longwe Twala and his friends Mthokozisi Twala and Tumelo Madlala.

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