'I hear this from you': Zandile Kumalo pleads ignorance when told she is a suspect in Miyiwa murder

‘I hear this from you’: Zandile Kumalo pleads ignorance when told she is a suspect in Miyiwa murder

Zandile Kumalo heard Monday that she remains a suspect in the Senzo Miiwa murder case.

Zandile Kumalo heard Monday that she remains a suspect in the Senzo Miiwa murder case.

  • A lawyer in the Senzo Miiwa case has revealed that all the people who were in the house the night of his murder are suspects in his death.
  • Counsel Zandile Mchololo asked state witness Zandile Kumalo — the sister of singer Kelly Kumalo, who was Miyiwa’s girlfriend at the time of the accident — if she was aware of this during cross-examination.
  • Kumalo said she knew nothing of her being a suspect.

A lawyer at Senzo Meyiwa’s trial has revealed that all the people who were in the house the day the football star was shot and killed in October 2014 remain suspects in his death.

Attorney Zandile Mchulolo dropped this bombshell Monday while cross-examining the state’s first witness, Zandile Kumalo, asking if she knew she was a suspect in Miyiwa’s murder.

Mshololo is the attorney for Accused Number Five, Fisokuhle Ntuli.

Ntuli, Bongani Ntanzi, Muzikau Khuliwa Sepia, Mthubesi Mankobi and Mthukoseni Mavisa face charges of murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition.

Miyiwa was shot at Khumalo Fosloros’ home.

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Other people in the house included her sister, singer and Miiwa’s friend at the time, Kelly. Their mother Ntumbe. Khumalo’s friend at that time was Longwe Twala as well as my friend Meyiwa Tumelo Madlala and Mthukosesi Twala.

Although Prosecuting Attorney George Baloyi objected to the connection of Mcholulu’s question to Khumalo about whether she knew she was a suspect, Judge Ratha Mokgwatlheng allowed it.

Kumalo, who seemed surprised by the question, pleaded ignorance of the matter.

Pictured is Senzo Miiwa in his soccer kit on the field

Senzo Miiwa

Mchololo then read a letter from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in North Gauteng.

In the letter, the Director of Public Prosecutions said the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) had not yet decided whether to prosecute the suspects in the notorious second lawsuit.

This table is said to contain a different set of results and suspects.

According to the letter, the NPA will not make a decision on prosecution until after the current trial is over.

“this [second] The case file has been opened because of the evidence showing that you, who are at home, are suspects in this case.

“Therefore, the decision of whether or not to prosecute has not been finalized and will depend on the results of this trial,” Mchololo said.

Kumalo said:

I hear this from you. I did not know.

Earlier, Mchulolo referred Kumalo to a statement in which she described the events leading up to the shooting of Miyiwa.

“I testified that Longwe Twala was unarmed when I was inside the house,” said Mchololo.

Kumalo responded by saying that she knew Toala did not have a firearm and was unarmed on the night of the attack.

“He was not armed, but he managed to approach an armed person and you want this court to believe that,” Mchololo said.

Kumalo said:

You can ask him where he got that courage.

Throughout her questioning, Khumalo refused to be drawn into statements made by other witnesses who were also in the house when Mayiwa was killed.

She maintained that she was only there to testify to what she had witnessed and told all the lawyers that they were welcome to cross-examine the other parties when they took the stand.

Mchulolo then asked Kumalo about the physical appearance of the second infiltrator. Kumalo had already testified in court that the second intruder was wearing a sweatshirt whose hood covered his head.

Mchololo asked Kumalo about the color of the jacket and whether the second suspect was armed.

The witness said that she did not remember the color of the hoodie and that she did not see if the suspect had a weapon.

“You’re making up the story; that’s why you can’t explain the hoodie and how it covered the intruder’s head,” Mchololo said.

The only thing she remembers clearly is the intruder’s face, Kumalo confirmed, adding that the exact details of what he was wearing had faded with the accident eight years ago.

Mchululu is expected to continue his questioning on Tuesday.

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