Meyiwa murder suspect needs to get lawyer – NPA

2014-11-10 15:27

The National Prosecuting Authority will decide on the way forward in the case of the man accused of killing Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa once he has a lawyer.

“He must appear in court [on Tuesday], and the reason is for legal aid assistance – it is not for his bail application yet,” said NPA spokesperson Nathi Mncube today.

“It will just be a brief appearance. Then we will find out what happens going forward, once he has an attorney and has consulted with the attorney.”

Gauteng police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini declined to comment on the matter, referring to a media briefing last week where it was said that police would communicate if there was an update.

Meyiwa, also captain of Orlando Pirates, was killed in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, while visiting his singer and actress girlfriend Kelly Khumalo last month.

Two people allegedly entered the house and demanded cellphones before shooting Meyiwa and fleeing.

Zanokuhle Mbatha (25), from Vosloorus, will appear in the Boksburg Magistrates’ Court tomorrow. He previously appeared in court on October 31.

Divisional commissioner of detective services Lieutenant-General Vinesh Moonoo told reporters at the media briefing on November 3 that police were confident Mbatha played a part in the crime.

“We are confident he is linked to the crime and he will be charged with murder and robbery,” he said.

The Star on Wednesday quoted unnamed relatives and friends of Mbatha.

His cousin reportedly told the newspaper: “I don’t think this makes sense. My cousin used to wash both Senzo’s and Kelly’s cars ... If you know a person it is easy to point him or her out.”

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