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Senzo Meyiwa murder trial: Key state witness dies

A key state witness in Senzo Meyiwa’s murder trial has reportedly died.

This comes a few weeks before the Pretoria High Court resumes trial proceedings.

Five men are on trial and face charges of murder, attempted murder and robbery. On October 26, 2014, Meeva, who played for the Orlando Pirates, was shot dead at the home of his girlfriend, singer and actress Kelly Kumalo.

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Brigadier General Philani Ndlovu is expected to present key evidence at some stage on behalf of the country in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial. Ndlovu, the former interim head of SAPS, was one of the first at the scene of the incident. He was also mentioned by the first state witness, Officer Thabo Mosia, who was also at the scene.

During cross-examination, Mosia said Ndlovu was the one who briefed him when he arrived at the scene to collect forensic evidence. His death now raises questions about how this will affect the trial.

Proceedings had to be postponed after the dramatic arrest of lawyer Malesela Teffo, the legal representative of the four defendants. This has to do with a failed court appearance in Hillborough over the assault.

Teffo was handcuffed in court after the proceedings that day, but SAPS has been widely criticized for the way it handled the matter. He now intends to take legal action against SAPS in connection with the arrest.

“We’re going to prosecute. It’s not about him not appearing in court, they may be right, but the question is when, where, when and how he was arrested. It’s contempt of court, you can’t arrest in court,” his attorney Tshepo said. Thobane told eNCA.

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