Drama and tears marked Zandile Khumalo’s first day in the witness stand as the trial into Senzo Meyiwa’s murder edges towards a climax.
Singer Kelly Khumalo’s younger sister was forced to testify live after the high court in Pretoria dismissed her application for a live broadcast ban.
Judge Tshifiwa Maumela limited the broadcast to audio only.
Khumalo appeared somewhat sullen while entering the court room after the ruling.
Clad in a heavily embellished jumpsuit and a full face of makeup, Khumalo told the court that while she’s considered appealing the court’s decision — her current priority remains securing justice for Meyiwa.
Chirps and murmurs in the gallery came to a near complete standstill as those present waited with baited breath for what was to come out of her testimony.
In a move that raised eyebrows, the Khumalo sister named Bongani Ntanzi as one of the men who ambushed them on October 26 in 2014, the night that ended with Meyiwa losing his life.
Khumalo held back tears as she addressed Ntanzi from the witness box.
Crying and shaking, she pleaded with the suspect to consider the damage he’s caused her family.
“Are you guys even aware what you did to us as a family that day (cries). The damage that you guys caused!,” she said.
According to Khumalo’s version of events, Meyiwa was gunned down in an alleged robbery after two intruders entered her mother’s home.
Her startling accusation was met with an objection from a defence legal representative, who urged her not to address the suspect.
The trial has adjourned for the day and Khumalo is expected to return to the stand tomorrow.
She is yet to address the court on allegations that Meyiwa was gunned down while trying to separate a fight between herself and her then boyfriend, Longwe Twala. Article by Naomi Kobbie
Written by: Lindiwe Mabena