Senzo’s friend to face the third degree again as he returns to witness stand

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Some of the suspects in the case ahead of the start of yesterday’s proceedings.

Senzo Meyiwa’s friend, Mthokozisi Thwala, returns to the hot seat this morning on day four of his testimony into the football star’s murder.

Yesterday, Thwala spent much of the afternoon clarifying inconsistencies between his testimony and previous statements he had made to the police.

State Advocate George Baloyi indicated that among those inconsistencies was whether or not a fifth person had been present in the car the fateful night Meyiwa was shot.

It’s understood Meyiwa was rushed to Botshelong Hospital by then-girlfriend singer Kelly Khumalo, her sister Zandi, Tumelo Madlala and himself.

In earlier statements Thwala told police he could not remember who the fifth person was driving with them.

However, he told the court yesterday that there were only five people in the car, including Meyiwa.

Another inconsistency includes a significant U-turn in Thwala’s testimony- on whether Longwe Twala had his hands on the intruder’s firearm on the night of the shooting.

Longwe was the boyfriend of renowned singer, Kelly Khumalo’s sister Zandi – at the time of the tragedy.

Five men are currently standing trial in the Pretoria High Court for the murder of the Bafana Bafana Captain in October 2014.

Thwala was among those present in singer Kelly Khumalo’s family home – the night the Bafana Bafana Captain was gunned down in an alleged robbery gone wrong.

Thwala was at some point visibly annoyed at insinuations that the death of the Bafana Bafana captain still haunts him.

Today, the defence is expected to delve deeper into apparent contradictions in Thwala’s testimony as he returns for day four of his testimony.

This year marks nine years since the celebrated the Bafana Bafana Captain, Senzo Meyiwa, was killed.

His murder trial got underway last year after numerous delays. The case has been dogged by allegations of lies, bribes and cover-up. Article by Naomi Kobbie

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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