Senzo Meyiwa: Suspects revealed, deny any involvement as trial starts

Senzo Meyiwa: Suspects revealed, deny any involvement as trial starts

- After six years of immense public pressure the murder trial seeking to obtain justice for Senzo Meyiwa has kicked off

- The moment has been marked by dramatic accusations as the suspects deny any involvement in the high-profile crime

- The investigating officer has also questioned why SA Police officers weren't used to transport the suspects to provide their confessions

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The suspects in Senzo Meyiwa's murder have been revealed during a dramatic first court appearance on Tuesday under immensely tight security measures.

At the Boksburg Magistrate's Court, the suspects accused of the crime refused to enter the dock, denying any involvement in the matter.

The suspect's identities have been revealed as Khulela Themba Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Chris Mncube, Mthokoziseni Zifozonke Mapisa and Sifiso Ntuli.

AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel attended the court date along with Senzo's brother, Sifiso, in a show of support. Image: Twitter/ @AfriForum
Source: UGC

All five suspects are now facing charges of murder, attempted murder and robbery for the death of the soccer icon.

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The charge sheet revealed that the investigating officer had questioned how the suspects provided their confessions:

"It is noticeable that EMPD officials were used to transport the suspects for confession. It must be explained why they were used and not SAPS members."

Newzroom Afrika has pointed out that the story of an alleged robbery is being maintained inside the courtroom as Advocate Baloyi reads out the facts of the case.

Earlier, reported that AfriForum's Advocate Gerrie Nel says that he does not believe that Senzo Meyiwa died in a robbery that took a gruesome turn, but that the soccer icon was instead assassinated.

Nel explains that the challenge is to bring the mastermind responsible for the hit to justice, confirming that the assassination theory is also one held by the police.

The notorious advocate says that this news comes from the police probe into the murder and that the information was shared with the Meyiwa family.

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“We have been briefed to say this was not a robbery gone wrong. This was an assassination. So the one outstanding aspect here, and we are disappointed it hasn't happened yet, is to address the mastermind — because if there's a hit, there's a mastermind."

The first court appearance will be taking place on Tuesday but Nel revealed that the mastermind behind the murder has yet to be arrested.

While Nel, speaking during a media briefing, applauded the arrests, he expressed his disappointment that the mastermind behind the crime remains at large.

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