Five men are currently facing trial for the alleged murder of Senzo Meyiwa, a former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and Bafana Bafana captain. During a trial-within-a-trial, the principal investigating officer presented an affidavit to the court in which he detailed that two of the accused reportedly identified Kelly Khumalo as the one who ordered the hit on Senzo.

By Telegram Reporter

In a surprising turn of events, well-known singer Kelly Khumalo has been directly accused of allegedly orchestrating the brutal murder of her former boyfriend and the father of her child, soccer star Senzo Meyiwa.

This shocking revelation emerged during the latest proceedings of the murder trial in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday, where Bongani Ntanzi, Muzi Sibiya, Mthobisi Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa, and Fisokuhle Ntuli are on trial for Meyiwa’s murder.

Brigadier Bongani Gininda, the lead investigator, read a statement that implicated Kelly as the alleged mastermind behind this atrocious crime. The incident occurred on October 26, 2014, inside a Vosloorus residence. This unsolved case has captivated South Africa for years, sparking public outrage and speculation.

The soccer star was shot dead in the presence of Kelly at her mother’s residence in Vosloorus. Additionally, Kelly’s sister, Zandile, Longwe Twala, her mother, Ntombi Khumalo, and two of Meyiwa’s acquaintances from KwaZulu-Natal were also present at the time of the murder.

The court is currently examining evidence in a trial-within-a-trial to determine the admissibility of two confession statements reportedly made by Ntanzi shortly after his arrest, as well as a confession allegedly made by Sibiya. During the afternoon session of the trial-within-a-trial, the focus was on Khumalo, as Brigadier Bongani Gininda, the lead investigating officer in the case, was requested by the defence to present an affidavit he submitted in 2020 to the court.

Gininda told the court that initially, the murder was believed to be a failed robbery, but subsequent investigations revealed it to be a premeditated assassination.

“Investigation, which resulted in evidence under oath, revealed that the victim was murdered as a contractual assassination or hit rather than a robbery gone wrong,” he said.

Gininda mentioned that Sibiya allegedly made a written confession in which he revealed the person responsible for orchestrating the hit. According to the confession, Kelly is the person implicated in ordering the killing of Meyiwa.

The court heard that Ntanzi, who reportedly made two confessions, also accused Kelly of ordering the hit. Additionally, Gininda’s affidavit stated that Kelly was connected to the accused through cellphone analysis, revealing that she possessed four undisclosed cellphone numbers at the time of the shooting. These numbers were subsequently discovered and linked to her.

“Investigations further revealed that she is linked to the actual perpetrators of this murder by means of cellphone linkages. These linkages connect her to accused numbers 3 and 5,” Gininda said.

He also stated that there is no logical justification for Kelly Khumalo to have been in communication with the individuals responsible for her boyfriend’s murder or to have shared a photograph of a bag containing a large sum of money with them.

“There is no reasonable explanation as to why Kelly Khumalo would be in contact telephonically with the hitmen or killers of her boyfriend and share the same picture of a bag full of money.

“Communication records between her and her sister show that, as early as 2013, she wanted to get rid of the deceased, as she put it. It is abundantly clear that she hated him and wanted to get rid of him.

“She further states that she regrets not succeeding in getting rid of him before.”

According to Gininda, following the shooting incident, Kelly reportedly contacted several individuals but did not make any calls to emergency services. There are further allegations that she sought cleansing from a traditional healer.

Gininda’s statement concludes by suggesting that Kelly seemed to be the central figure in the murder.

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