Songstress, Zandile Khumalo, has pleaded with President Cyril Ramaphosa to prioritise the Senzo Meyiwa trial. Khumalo penned a long letter to the President, requesting that a courtroom be earmarked for this case and allow for it to sit every day until a verdict is reached.
Her plea follows the suspension of Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela and the appointment of a new judge into the matter, which could potentially see the murder case start from scratch.
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Last week, Ramaphosa suspended Maumela from the trial for his alleged failure to deliver several judgments within a reasonable period.
Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng, a former footballer, is set to take over.
Khumalo was scheduled to continue her testimony when the matter returns to court in less than two weeks.
Meanwhile, Kelly Khumalo’s former legal representative, Advocate Magdalene Moonsamy, says with over 100 witnesses expected to take the stand – the trial is far from over.
Zandile Khumalo was among those present in the house the night Senzo Meyiwa was gunned down in October 2014.
Khumalo made headlines last month after breaking down during her testimony, lashing out at the accused.
The emotional Khumalo accused the five men of having ruined her family’s life:
Muzikawukhulelwa Sthemba Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Ncube, Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa, and Sifisokuhle Ntuli are on trial for allegedly having a hand in the footballer’s murder.
They have all pleaded not guilty to all charges against them.
Written by: Naomi Kobbie