Mandisa Meyiwa has opened a case of assault.
Afro-pop singer Kelly Khumalo is wanted for questioning by the Hillbrow police in Johannesburg after allegedly assaulting the wife of Orlando Pirates goalie Senzo Meyiwa.
Khumalo is embroiled in an ugly love triangle with the star player – who will play in the do-or-die African Champions League match against Egyptian superclub Al Ahly today – and his wife, Mandisa.
City Press can reveal that Senzo Meyiwa has moved out of the apartment he shared with Mandisa in the northern Joburg suburb of Buccleugh, and is with Khumalo in Mulbarton, south of the city.
He also refused to provide a witness statement for police and instead asked them to drop the charges against his girlfriend.
But his attempts to keep Khumalo out of the police’s cells were dealt a severe blow when his mother drove to Joburg from her home in rural KwaZulu-Natal to confront the police, demanding they lock Khumalo up for assaulting her daughter-in-law.
An insider close to the police investigation said Senzo had left training with the Buccaneers when his wife stopped him on the busy Empire Road off-ramp from the M1 South highway.
As they spoke, Khumalo, who was travelling with her sister, arrived and parked behind him.
City Press understands that Mandisa walked over to the passenger door of her husband’s car and tried unsuccessfully to open it.
“She then walked around to the driver’s door, where Senzo and Kelly were chatting and asked him to open the passenger door as it was apparently locked,” the insider said.
But this did not go down well with Khumalo, who allegedly began hitting her love rival. Mandisa sustained scratches to her face.
The insider said Khumalo’s sister, who was sitting in her car when the fight broke out, joined in the battle.
Senzo, meanwhile, jumped into his car and locked the door when passers-by began to stare at the unseemly spectacle.
A passing motorist intervened and tried to separate Khumalo and the bleeding Mandisa.
“She then rushed to the police station where she opened a case of common assault against Kelly and her sister,” said the insider.
The police gave her a J88 form, which her doctor completed and returned to the police to effect an arrest.
“The police were able to trace the man who separated Kelly and Senzo’s wife and he has already made a statement. They phoned Senzo to come to the police station but he told them he could only get there after his (away) game against Al Ahly,” said the insider.
Senzo, it is claimed, then went to the police station about two weeks ago after returning from Egypt, but refused to provide a statement, saying he would broker peace between the two women instead.
“But his wife and his mother are adamant that Kelly must be arrested and that she has crossed the line. They went to the police station where his mother told the police that Kelly must be arrested,” the official said.
The elderly woman also said she disapproved of Senzo and Kelly’s relationship, because, at 29, the Afro-pop diva is three years older than her 26-year-old son.
“She says Kelly is too old for Senzo,” said the insider.
Mandisa declined to comment.
“I’m not saying anything. I’m not commenting. No comment,” she said after being approached this week.
Khumalo also refused to comment. “Hhayi man, no comment,” she said.
Senzo couldn’t be reached for comment because his phone was switched off. But Pirates spokesperson Floyd Mbele said the player would not be able to comment because he was focusing on two “crucial” games.
Meyiwa, said Mbele, would address the matter “when he gets time to do so”.
Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that a case of assault against Khumalo and her sister had been opened.
“The suspects have not yet been questioned. Once the investigation has been finalised, the case docket will be discussed with the office of the director of public prosecutions for a decision,” he said.