The murder will be reopened and reinvestigated, national police commissioner General Kehla Sitole has revealed.
Speaking on the sidelines of the launch of the Premier Soccer League and SAPS anti-crime programme at Emperor’s Palace on Thursday afternoon, General Khehla Sitole said the country’s most talked about case is being reviewed after it was filed as a cold case earlier.
“Maybe the queston is coincidental … yesterday I was in a conference of the crime detection within the SAPS. One of the key deliverables is the cold case strategy which is intended to re-analyse all the cold cases and see where we might have gone wrong, look at the skill and capacity that handled the case.
Meyiwa died on October 26, 2014 after armed men allegedly shot him while he was at his then girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s mother’s house in Spruitview outside Johannesburg.
Although there were a number of eyewitnesses at the time of the murder, the police could not find the killer and the case was then filed as a cold case.
The father of late Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was rushed to Prince Mshiyeni Hospital last week after his health took a turn for the worse and he suffered a stroke since his son’s murder case remains unresolved.
According to reports, Meyiwa had not been well since the previous week when police announced they were closing the case.
At Senzo Meyiwa Commemoration Cup held at the King Zwelithini Stadium in uMlazi in June, police minister Bheki Cele said that Senzo’s murder case had become a priority for police to investigate and had been placed within the top five cases that needed to be attended to.
As Senzo Meyiwa's case is set to re-open, this means Kelly Khumalo, her little sister Zandi Khumalo and her ex-boyfriend Longwe Twala, who is music producer Chicco Twala are all in hot soup as, under normal circumstances they should either have been arrested or separately interrogated so as to ascertain what really happened.
There is a general consensus that amongst the three of them, at least one or all of them really know who killed Senzo, if not one of them is actually the murderer.
In February this year, Chicco Twala spoke out for a second time about Senzo Meyiwa’s murder in an effort to clear his name. The music producer once again defended himself against rumours that his gun was used during the alleged robbery that took place at Kelly Khumalo’s family home in October 2014.
Speaking to Power FM, Chicco said he is doubtful that a robbery took place on the day Senzo died. He added that all those who were present in the house, including his son Longwe, should come forward to reveal 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 is quoted as saying.
Chicco’s comments follow his son’s eyebrow-raising interview on Metro FM a few days before. Longwe tried to defend himself after parody account @AdvBarryRoux accused his father of covering up Senzo’s murder to protect him. He denied any wrongdoing and said he was fearful that the false rumours could put his life in danger.
“I’m not scared of being arrested for killing Senzo because I am innocent, but I am scared that I could get the wrong crowd of people who could attack me,” Longwe said during the interview.
He came under fire for seemingly contradictory himself during the interview on more than one occasion. Chicco said he spoke to his son soon after the interview.
“I spoke to him this morning. My son said: ‘Dad. Let them arrest me. I want to serve a sentence because everyone has already found me guilty. Whether I have contradicted myself, I don’t care. I want to be arrested and I am prepared to serve a sentence so that everyone can be satisfied.’”
The producer dismissed claims that he is covering up for his son and reiterated comments he made in a precious interview with Metro FM that he would not protect his son if he knew he was guilty.
“I will never defend a murder. If my son is a murderer, he must face the might of the law. I will never risk my reputation, everything I have worked for in this country, to defend a murderer,” he told Power FM.
Further reports revealed that Chicco reportedly sent numerous messages to then Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, urging him to arrest all those who were with Senzo when died, including Kelly, her sister Zandie – who was reportedly dating his son at the time – and his own son Longwe.
“Minister, since you are ignoring me, I will come to camp outside your house until you arrest my son, Kelly Khumalo, and all the people who were present when Senzo was killed. You cannot have six people at the scene of a murder and no one knows who pulled the trigger,” the City Press quoted him as writing in one of the messages.