In a surprising turn of events at the High Court in Pretoria, it was disclosed on Wednesday that the police had applied for the arrest of singer Kelly Khumalo in connection with the murder of her former partner, football star Senzo Meyiwa. The court heard groundbreaking details indicating that two of the accused individuals in Meyiwa’s murder case claimed that Kelly Khumalo orchestrated the hit on the footballer.
Initially believed to be a robbery gone wrong, Senzo Meyiwa was killed at Khumalo’s mother’s home in October 2014. The ongoing trial involves five men accused of Meyiwa’s murder.
Brigadier Bongani Gininda’s statement revealed that as early as 2020, police had believed Khumalo played a role in ordering the hit on Meyiwa. However, the question arises as to why Khumalo is not standing trial alongside the accused.
Gininda explained that efforts were made by the police to secure Khumalo’s arrest, including an application for a J50 warrant of arrest. However, this warrant was not signed. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) reportedly decided to indict the current five accused, excluding Khumalo.
“A decision was taken at that time that these are the people that must be indicted, and that is accused one to five. I cannot disclose further details in terms of my discussion with the NPA, but certain things had to be looked into insofar as Ms. Kelly Khumalo,” stated Gininda.
While Khumalo was implicated by the accused as the mastermind, legal considerations, such as Section 219 of the Criminal Procedure Act, raise questions about the admissibility of confessions made by one person against another.
The revelation has sparked speculation about whether the police will continue to pursue legal action against Khumalo, potentially reshaping the trajectory of the high-profile Senzo Meyiwa murder case.