27th October 2020
5 suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa made an appearance at the Boksburg Magistrate's Court where they refused to stand in the dock to hear the case.
Meyiwa was fatally shot in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg on October 26, 2014.
According to TimesLIVE, he was in the presence of his then-girlfriend singer Kelly Khumalo, her mother Ntombi, sister Zandi, Zandi’s boyfriend Longwe Twala, as well as his friends Mthokozisi Twala and Tumelo Madlala.
Muzikawulahlelwa Sibiya, Bongani Ntanzi, Mothobisi Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa, and Siphokuhle Ntuli have been charged with murder, attempted murder, possession of illegal firearm and ammunition, and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
The trial was off to a rocky start as the suspects refused on record to enter the dock, stating that they have no idea why they are there and that they have nothing to do with the case.
All but one of the suspects had any form of legal representation.
The accused also said that they see 'no need for legal assistance' because the 'right people who are supposed to appear' in the court but are not present because 'they have money.' The suspects argue that they were arrested because they do not have the money to evade arrest like those they say are truly guilty of the crime.
The accused continued to maintain the stance that they have nothing to do with the case.
According to SABC News, the State was not opposing media taking the proceedings on-air, and all the accused say they did not mind media presence because they wanted the nation to see what is happening to them. One of the accused was quoted as saying that the nation should see the 'thuggery' in the case.
When the prospect of bail was brought to attention, State Prosecutor George Baloyi says they want the suspects to remain behind bars and would have to prove to the court why they deserve bail.
Mncube, Mapisa, and Ntuli said that they did not see the need to apply for bail as they were in custody on other cases, while Sibiya and Ntanzi did not apply for bail.
The court then heard that the matter will be transferred to the High Court in Johannesburg, and postponed to November 27.
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