Senzo Meyiwa murder suspects to go on trial in April 2022

The five suspects were arrested and charged in October last year but have all maintained their innocence.

Five suspects - Khulela Themba Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Chris Mncube, Mthokoziseni Zifozonke Mapisa and Sifiso Ntuli - appeared at the Boksburg Magistrates Court on 27 October 2020. They are charged with the 2014 murder of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa. The suspects refused to stand in the dock, saying they were innocent and would not answer for a crime they did not commit. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The five men implicated in the murder of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa will go on trial on 11 April 2022.

The soccer star was shot dead in October 2014 while visiting his girlfriend, singer Kelly Khumalo, at her mother's house in Vosloorus.

The five suspects were arrested and charged in October last year but have all maintained their innocence.

The arrests were made exactly six years after Meyiwa's murder with the help of lobby group AfriForum.

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The five accused made their way into the court with shackles around their ankles while police maintained a steady eye on them.

The court room was fuller this time with members from the dog unit also present.

Initially, the trial was set to start on Monday and end next month.

But due to a number of delays including changes in legal representatives, the State and the defence have agreed to postpone the trial for April 2021.

After Judge Carla Veenendaal flagged the size of the court room as a COVID-19 risk, the State arranged to have the matter moved to the High Court in Pretoria for trial.

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