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Witness in Meyiwa trial details receiving death threats from accused’s relatives

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The Pretoria High Court has heard chilling details of how threats were allegedly made to a witness’ life in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial.

Yesterday, Constable Sizwe Zungu appeared for his first day on the witness stand.

The off-duty cop detailed how in the hours leading up to and following Meyiwa’s murder, he sat eating and drinking with at least four of the accused at a hostel in Vooslorus.

He says certain events that transpired that night include witnessing some of the accused return to the hostel with firearms and accused number two Bongani Ntanzi’s quick wardrobe change. He says these events and the talk of Meyiwa’s murder led him to believe the events may be connected.

Years after the 2014 murder, Zungu says he received death threats from accused number one, Muzi Sibiya, and accused number five,  Sifisokuhle Ntuli’s families.

In 2019, he says, he called Sibiya- requesting that the hit on his life be terminated.

Zungu has also detailed becoming suspicious after witnessing Ntanzi hurriedly change his black hoodie for a grey one the night Senzo Meyiwa was gunned down.

He says at some point, the men returned to the hostel in a panic, later detailing how Meyiwa had been gunned down.

Unsure of what transpired, Zungu says he failed to report the suspicious incident.

The trial continues in the high court today, with defence expected to begin its cross-examination of the witness. Article by Naomi Kobbie

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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