Lobby group AfriForum has called on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to recommend a formal inquest into the death of football star Senzo Meyiwa.
Last month, AfriForum announced that it would represent the Meyiwa family to try to solve the death of the former Bafana Bafana captain and advocate Gerrie Nel was appointed the family's advocate.
"The formal inquest will give Advocate Nel and the interested parties the opportunity to test the evidence and cross-examine the witnesses.
"This will assist the magistrate in judging who was responsible for Meyiwa's death," CEO Kallie Kriel said in a statement on Wednesday.
Kriel said he hoped the inquest would move the case forward.
"It is in everyone's interest that the country's legal system functions properly," he said.
— AfriForum (@afriforum) December 11, 2019
Meyiwa was allegedly mistakenly shot during a robbery gone wrong at his then girlfriend's house five years ago.
Feeling that no progress was being made by the NPA after the police investigated the case, Meyiwa's family turned to the lobby group last month to take the prosecution forward.
Meyiwa’s brother, Sifiso Meyiwa, also expressed his faith in AfriForum, saying he was proud to be associated with them.
"We believe that the inquest will ensure justice so that Senzo's murderers will eventually be brought to book.
"The Meyiwa family is proud to be associated with the organisation and are happy that it is taking the necessary steps to ensure progress in the case," Sifiso said.
He added: "We, once again, encourage South Africans to stand together in fighting injustices."
#SenzoMeyiwa: "The Meyiwa family is proud to be associated with the organisation and are happy that it is taking the necessary steps to ensure progress in the case. We once again encourage South Africans to stand together in fighting injustices,” says Sifiso Meyiwa pic.twitter.com/rAmfCfnkBs
— AfriForum (@afriforum) December 11, 2019
According to media reports, Kelly Khumalo and her sister and Chicco Twala’s son could all be arrested for allegedly lying about who really killed Senzo Meyiwa.
Last month City Press reported that the police now believe one of the people present in the house where Senzo was gunned down, is the culprit and that everyone present lied to police about who really killed the former Orlando Pirates goal keeper.
In a lengthy audio recording, obtained by City Press, a senior executive in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) tells a member of Meyiwa’s family that the police will again question those who were in the house at the time of Meyiwa’s murder.
The executive is heard saying that the people who were in the house when Meyiwa was gunned down lied when they made their original statements to the police in saying that a robbery had taken place.
“The crucial evidence was lost ages ago and all the witnesses who were in the house at the time of the shooting lied when they said there was an armed robbery when Senzo was fatally shot,” says the NPA executive in the recording.
Many South Africans also do not believe Senzo was killed by robbers. Music producer Chicco Twala made headlines earlier last year when a Twitter user claimed his son Longwe – who was dating Kelly’s sister Zandi at the time – used his gun to shoot the footballer after an altercation.
Chicco denied his gun was used, adding that he does not believe his son pulled the trigger.
But Chicco says the six people who were in the house at the time of the shooting know what really happened.
“Someone has pulled a trigger. Someone killed Senzo on that night. These six people knew who did it. Why are they quiet? I am not buying the story about the robbery, personally. Someone knows who killed Senzo, including my son, they must be arrested if needs be,” he told Power FM in an interview.
The Sunday Independent also reported last month that Senzo Meyiwa was “mistakenly shot”, allegedly by one of the seven people present at the home of his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, but witnesses claimed it was an imaginary robbery gone wrong in part of a cover-up which involved senior police officers.
Contrary to claims that Meyiwa was killed by armed robbers, the former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper was “accidentally” shot when he tried to intervene in a quarrel between Khumalo’s sister, Zandi, and her boyfriend, Longwe Twala, at the singer’s mother’s home in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, on October 26, 2014.
Khumalo’s mother, Ntombi Gladness Khumalo, allegedly also handed Meyiwa’s phone to a neighbour.
The former lead investigator in the case, Colonel Bongani Gininda, is said to have withheld a crucial statement he had received in 2017 on who murdered Meyiwa and why. A case of defeating the ends of justice was opened against him in May this year, but he was mysteriously transferred to KwaZulu-Natal before he was arrested or questioned.
Police sources claim nobody from the National Prosecuting Authority is willing to sign the warrant for his arrest.
These revelations are contained in Meyiwa’s murder docket and other official records seen by the Sunday Independent.