Singer Zandile Khumalo has spoken out about recent developments regarding former Bafana Bafana goalie Senzo Meyiwa’s murder investigation. The goalkeeper was shot and killed in 2014 outside the home of Zandile’s sister Kelly Khumalo, also a singer.
Zandile says she’s willing to help Afrikaans cultural organisation AfriForum with its investigation into the matter because she has nothing to hide.
“As for AfriForum also now partaking in the investigations, I’d like to avail myself to them whenever they need me,” Zandile says.
Zandile says she and her family have been subjected to “mistreatment” as the court of public opinion’s already found them guilty of Senzo’s murder.
“It’s very sad and hurtful that after so many years after Senzo’s death we still have to defend ourselves against people hell-bent on the theory that we’re guilty,” she says. “It really makes one wonder if Senzo’s family and the society that says we’re guilty really want justice to prevail, or if they just want to see the Khumalos arrested.”
Zandile says she’s decided to speak out because her name’s been dragged through the mud “for nothing”. She says she’s been cooperative with the law on this matter and has availed herself to be interviewed by the police whenever necessary.
She’s even offered to take a lie detector test, she adds. “If the police have proof that I’m guilty they must arrest me by all means, but I won’t be bullied into admitting to something that I don’t know.”
She says the “entitlement” the Meyiwa family’s developed towards her family must stop.
“They must never feel entitled to anything else in my life. I understand and feel the pain they they’re going through, but that doesn’t give them the right to abuse us. Their anger and abuse is misdirected and this sense of over-entitlement they’ve developed towards my family needs to stop.”