Meyiwa suspect identified in ID parade

2014-10-31 22:34

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Johannesburg - A man who appeared in court on Friday in connection with Senzo Meyiwa's murder has been positively identified in an identity parade, Gauteng police said.

"Since the beginning of the week, we have questioned a number of people in connection with the killing of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates keeper, Senzo Meyiwa," police spokesperson Neville Malila said.

"Yesterday, after receiving very positive information about a number of suspects, we conducted an identity parade during which some of the witnesses positively identified one person."

The 25-year-old Vosloorus resident, Zenokuhle Mbatha, was arrested and charged on the basis of the positive identification, he said.

Mbatha appeared in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court on Friday in connection with Meyiwa's murder.

The National Prosecuting Authority said Mbatha would appear in court again on 11 November when he was expected to apply for legal aid.

Meyiwa was killed when two attackers entered his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo's house around 20:00 last Sunday.

They apparently demanded cellphones and money. One cellphone was stolen. The men then fled the scene on foot.

Malila said police were continuing their investigation.

"Given the fact that our investigations are at a very sensitive stage, we will be in a position to update the nation during a media briefing next week," he said.

Earlier on Friday, there were reports that two people believed to be linked to Meyiwa's killing were arrested at Beit Bridge on the border with Zimbabwe.

While media speculation was focused on the reported arrest at Beit Bridge, which was denied by both national and provincial police, not a word was said about Mbatha's arrest.

"I still maintain that no arrests have been made. We don't have [anybody]," Malila said at the time.

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