Zandile Khumalo returns to the hot seat after Wednesday’s chest pain complaint

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The accused in the matter conversing before the start of the trial

The Senzo Meyiwa trial resumes this morning after it was prematurely adjourned yesterday following a request from the state.

This after state witness, Zandile Khumalo, told the court she was not feeling well.

While granting the state’s request, Judge Ratha Mokgoathleng expressed his reservations with the state’s move.

He urged prosecutors and the witness to get their act together and refrain from causing any further delays to the matter.

He’s also suggested the state witness may be feigning her illness, to avoid a gruelling cross-examination.

In dramatic fashion, Mokgoathleng urged Khumalo to stand up in court and explain her alleged symptoms.

She cited chest pains as reason.

The postponement was also granted to allow the State an opportunity to hash out vague details regarding Khumalo’s accommodation after it was said she was experiencing some challenges.

Judge Mokgoathleng has urged the state witness not to delay proceedings any further with matters that having nothing to do with the court.

Social media went abuzz following the stern warning from the judge, with some South Africans saying there’s finally a glimpse of hope that the trial will proceed smoothly and Meyiwa might finally find justice.

Before the adjournment, Khumalo described to the court how police investigators released all those who witnessed the footballer’s murder on the night of the tragedy, only taking their statements the day after the incident.

Khumalo says police allowed them the courtesy, owing to their fragile emotional state at the time.

The singer, her sister Kelly who was Meyiwa’s girlfriend, and their mother were among those who were  present the night the soccer star was gunned down at their Vosloorus home in October 2014.

Khumalo’s cross-examination is expected to begin in the Pretoria High Court today. Article by Naomi Kobbie

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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