PODCAST | The Story: Senzo Meyiwa murder trial back in court

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The murder trial of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa resumed in the Pretoria High Court this week.
The murder trial of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa resumed in the Pretoria High Court this week.
  • Former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa was murdered at his girlfriend's home in October 2014.
  • The trial of five men accused of his murder resumed in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria this week.
  • There have been numerous delays, but the first witness finished his testimony on Wednesday.

The murder trial of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa resumed in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria this week.

Meyiwa was shot dead at the home of his girlfriend, singer Kelly Khumalo, in Vosloorus in 2014.

Five men are being tried and face various charges, including murder, attempted murder and armed robbery.

This week on The Story, we speak to News24 journalist Alex Mitchley who has been covering the trial.

He said the trial got off to a slow start, with the first witness only finishing his testimony on Wednesday.

Sergeant Thabo Mosia was the first forensic detective on the scene.

He "essentially bagged and tagged the visible evidence".

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Mitchley said there had been numerous delays in the trial "brought about by defence teams in this matter".

He added that a second police docket was registered in 2019. It is not before court but apparently "comes to different findings and a complete set of different suspects".

This has also been the source of some of the delays.

Mitchley said, "given the current trajectory of the trial, I imagine we are going to probably sit with this for at least the next year, perhaps even two, if we don't speed up".

He added that the first witness' testimony was "a marathon of chief examination and cross-examination", and there was still no indication of how many witnesses the State was expected to call. 


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