Officer Sizwe Zungu expected back on the stand in Meyiwa murder trial

Officer Sizwe Zungu expected back on the stand in Meyiwa murder trial

State witness, police constable Sizwe Zungu is expected back on the stand at the Senzo Meyiwa trial at the High Court in Pretoria on Friday morning.

Five men are on trial for the murder of the soccer star who was shot dead in 2014 while at Kelly Khumalo’s mother’s home in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg.

On Thursday, Zungu said he was with the five accused at a hostel in Vosloorus, on the 26th of October 2014, the day the soccer star was killed.

Later that evening, he says he saw two of the accused returning with firearms after they had disappeared for some time. Zungu said he was suspicious for some time but after playing back the events, he was convinced they were responsible for the murder.

“I was sure that it was them. From accused number 1 to 5. That they came back and had firearms and they celebrated his death with a bottle of whiskey.”

Analysis of Thursday’s court proceedings:

Zungu name was not in the witness list for security reasons.

It is understood that Zungu hails from KwaZulu-Natal.

Previously, cell phone expert and investigating officer, Lambertus Steyn, revealed cell phone communication between accused 1 Muzi Sibiya, accused 2 Bongani Ntanzi and 3 Mthobisi Mncube.

Ntanzi has also previously told the court that he knew accused 5, Fisokuhle Ntuli, although he did not explain the circumstances under which he knew him.

For the first time since the trial started, Mthokozisi Maphisa’s name came when Ntanzi’s friend, Jack Buthelezi told the court about a conversation he had had with Ntanzi following his arrest in 2020.

Buthelezi first told the court that Ntanzi had told him he had been arrested for unlawful possession of ammunition and for killing Meyiwa while he was in the company of his friends, “abo Maphisa” while they were at a party in Vosloorus.

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