Five men linked to the murder of Senzo Meyiwa appeared at the Boksburg magistrate’s court on Tuesday, a video of a soccer fan who says he cannot trust the police to break the case has gone viral on Twitter.
Chatting to reporters outside the courtroom, the man identified by sportscaster Robert Marawa as Bongani said the justice system has let down the soccer fans over the past six years.
He criticized police minister Bheki Cele, who has previously failed to deliver on his promises to apprehend the killers of the former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper. South Africans had high hopes last year after Cele said Meyiwa’s case would be resolved “before Christmas.”
“This is not the first time a suspect has been brought to court. A person was brought to court, only to be found innocent.
“This is the second group of witnesses or perpetrators who might have killed Senzo. I won’t get excited just because the suspects are brought to court. I’ll only get excited if there’s actual progress and someone is charged and brought to justice,” said Bongani.
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On Monday, the sixth anniversary of Meyiwa’s murder, police gave the nation an update into the investigation. Cele said there was a watertight case against five men who were arrested earlier in the day in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
Bongani has dismissed this as yet another stunt by police to convince South Africans there is progress in the investigation.
Muzikawulahlelwa S’tembu Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokosizeni Ziphozonke Maphisa and Sifikuhle Nkani Ntuli appeared in court.
South Africans were shocked when some of the men refused to enter the dock as they denied involvement in Meyiwa’s murder.
Others disputed claims made by Cele that they were arrested on Monday. Mncube, Maphisa and Ntuli did not apply for bail as they were in custody on other cases. Sibiya and Ntanzi said they did not know how they were linked to the murder.
Speaking for Meyiwa’s family, Senzo’s brother Sifiso said the family was shocked that some of the suspects refused to enter the dock because police had informed the family they had confessions.
Meyiwa was shot on October 24 2014 at the home of his girlfriend, singer Kelly Khumalo, in Vosloorus. Khumalo, her sister Zandi, their mother Ntombi and Longwe Twala were among those who were present at the time of the murder.
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