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Tuesday, 12 April 2022 09:59
Senzo Meyiwa murder trial postponed to 22 April.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
The trial against five men accused of killing former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates star Senzo Meyiwa has once again been postponed.
Adv Zandile Mshololo, SC, for accused number five, Sifisokuhle Ntuli, asked for a five-day postponement to allow her client to adequately prepare his defence.
Mshololo said if the court did not grant the postponement Ntuli would be prejudiced as they only had one day, Monday, to discuss the evidence contained in the statements of the witnesses.
Although judge Tshifhiwa Maumela granted Mshololo the five-day postponement asked for, he however warned that this would be the last postponement to be granted.
On Monday, Mshololo had asked for a day's postponement to consult with Ntuli which Maumela granted.
Mshololo argued on Tuesday morning that the one day was not sufficient and asked for a further five days until April 21 to allow her to consult with her client and verify certain aspects of the evidence in the statements of the witnesses which she only received on March 30.
The state had said the statement were not released due to safety concerns around the witnesses who are in both KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
"We are unable to proceed with the trial today, we request five days as we only had yesterday to consult with accused number 5," Mshololo said.
Maumela said the postponement was granted taking into consideration everyone's constitutional rights.
Meanwhile singer Kelly Khumalo has hired an attorney to conduct a watching brief during the trial of the five men accused of murdering her boyfriend and father of her child, Meyiwa.
Khumalo, who was one of the six people who were in the house when Meyiwa was killed, is expected to be a witness in the case. Attorney Magdalene Moonsamy would observe the case to protect Khumalo's rights and best interests.
The Bafana Bafana captain was shot and killed in 2014 and five suspects will be appearing in the dock for his murder.