AfriForum’s private prosecution unit has offered to help the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to identify and prosecute the mastermind behind Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa’s murder in 2014.
“We intend on liaising with advocate George Baloyi, the prosecutor in the case, and continue working with the investigating officers of the SA Police Service (SAPS) to, among others, communicate the concerns of the Meyiwa family to them as well as share our views on the investigation,” advocate Gerrie Nel, head of the unit said on Friday.
“We are of the opinion that this will help the state in their prosecution case against the relevant persons.”
Nel reiterated that there was a much stronger case “now against the mastermind than before” without giving further details.
The announcement came after five accused – Muzikawulahlelwa Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokosizi Maphisa and Sifikuhle Nkani Ntuli Sifiso appeared for the second time in the Boksburg Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
The five again denied being involved in the killing. The case was postponed to March 5, 2021, for further investigations.
Nel indicated that AfriForum “represents the Meyiwa family in this case and indicated today that the private prosecution unit would liaise with the NPA and work with the police in the investigation and prosecution of the relevant individuals”.
He said he and the family were “still of the opinion that the mastermind behind the conspiracy had not been arrested yet”.
“We will therefore continue to assist the police and the NPA in their investigation until justice prevails for the Meyiwa family.”
According to AfriForum CEO, Kallie Kriel, the SAPS was willing to involve Nel and the unit in the investigation.
Meyiwa’s brother Sifiso welcomed AfriForum’s commitment to the case.
“We are still hopeful that more arrests will follow so that the mastermind behind the murder will be held accountable. The family is confident that the involvement of AfriForum’s private prosecution unit will ensure that justice prevails.”