TV actress and songbird Kelly Khumalo has dropped a bombshell: She blames Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa’s family for making Mzansi turn on her and crucify her for a sin she did not commit.
On Friday, an emotional Khumalo (35), in an interview on Ezemidlalo Ukhozi FM, shared that it had been almost six years since her boyfriend, Meyiwa, had died, but “it feels like yesterday. My world was torn apart when Senzo died. I never thought something like this would ever happen to me. It was a sudden death, which left me with a wound that won’t heal any time soon,” she said, sobbing.
Meyiwa was shot and died at Khumalo’s family home in Vosloorus in October 2014. His killers have still not been arrested.
Since his death, his family had accused Khumalo of not telling the police the truth about who killed Meyiwa. As a result, the country had been divided and confused. Some people believed that Khumalo and the other people who were at the house when he was killed were hiding the truth.
However, in the interview, Khumalo blamed the Meyiwa family, saying they were driving South Africans to hate and crucify her for sins she did not commit.
“The hate that they have projected at me, unfortunately, has spread around [and made] everyone believe that I had a hand in Senzo’s death,” Khumalo said. “Is it my fault that Senzo loved me?”
She said they were madly in love and there was no way she would have contributed to his death.
Before Meyiwa took his last breath, she was on her knees begging and praying to God not to take her baby dad’s life. “My daughter Thingo was young at that time and I did not want her to grow up without her father.”
The mother of two described Meyiwa as a hands-on and loving father, who wanted the best for her and Thingo.
She said the Meyiwas had failed to pay damages or any money towards Thingo’s upkeep. Because of that, she would remain a Khumalo and her surname would not be changed to Meyiwa. “I don’t need us to sit down and talk as a family. Thingo is a Khumalo. She is six and asks questions. She wants to know about her dad. I don’t want to bombard her with a lot of information. For now, all she knows is that her father is in heaven.”
She insisted that it was too late to make peace between the two families because the damage had been done. “From day one they [the Meyiwa family] did not like me as Senzo’s girlfriend and they had made up their minds that I contributed to his death. For a long time they did everything to ruin my reputation; they called me names. This is evident when you look for me on Google.”
Khumalo said she had lost hope in the justice system and felt it had failed her, even though she gave the officers investigating Senzo’s death “everything they needed at that time”.
“This was not my first encounter with the justice system. I was almost beaten to death several years ago and I remember when I went to open a case the police officer told me to go back and to iron out issues with my then boyfriend,” she said.
She said it was “so sad that when your husband dies, in our country, as a woman, you are always the number one suspect”.
“As a family we are still not sure how safe we are. To this day I am still amazed that the police have failed to arrest the suspects when there were fingerprints and one of the intruders had left his hat. This is concrete evidence that would have led the police to trace the culprits,” she said.
Meyiwa’s older brother, Sfiso, told City Press that he was touched by Khumalo’s interview. “I now understand Kelly’s pain and as a family we will do our best to reach out to her again.”
He said the reason the Meyiwa family did not accept Khumalo at the time was because Senzo was still married to Mandisa [Mkhize].
“As a family, we are willing to reach out to Kelly once more and pay for the damages and also do what is right for the sake of Thingo. After all, she has Senzo’s blood,” he said.
Sfiso said he understood why Khumalo was blaming the Meyiwas for everything. “When people realised she was not welcome in the family, they took advantage of that and started saying nasty things about her. Now, as the older brother, it is my responsibility to do what is right for Thingo.”