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Senzo Meyiwa's alleged killer to appear in court

Zanokuhle Mbatha will decide whether to apply for bail when he appears in the Boksburg Magistrates Court.

FILE: Senzo Meyiwa’s body being wheeled out of Moses Mabhida Stadium. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The man accused of murdering Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa is due to appear in the Boksburg Magistrates Court this morning.

Meyiwa was shot dead in what has been described as a "robbery gone horribly wrong" in Vosloorus last month.

Family, friends and teammates say they're still coming to terms with what has been described as the "senseless killing of the soccer star."

Zanokuhle Mbatha, 25, can expect a very different court appearance today to the one he made a week and a half ago, after being pointed out in an identity parade.

Security will be tight as the nation watches Mbatha stand in the dock to face charges of murder and robbery.

The Department of Justice has already warned of limited space inside the courtroom.

AT COURT

A group of around 50 officers have already stood for their morning parade in the empty parking lot receiving their orders for the day.

There are about a dozen police cars including the police and Ekurhuleni metro police.

The K9 unit has also been called out.

Two bundles of barb wire have been unravelled to close off the entire court building from the street and to allow police to control access.

The actual court appearance, however, is likely going to be short.

It remains to be seen whether any groups will gather outside the court building as is often seen with high-profile cases, and whether his family will be there to support him.

As the police continue their investigation, the first step for Mbatha will be to decide whether to apply for bail, as the case is postponed in the build up to the trial.

A total of 13 people have been questioned in connection with the incident.

Meyiwa was given an emotional send off by thousands of mourners in his home town of Durban last week.