NATIONAL NEWS - On Monday, October 27, 2014, South Africans woke up to the news that Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa had been shot dead in a “failed robbery”.
The murder happened in the dark hours of Sunday at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s mother’s house in Vosloorus.
According to Longwe Twala, who was in the house and had been dating Kelly’s sister Zandile at the time, and his father, music mogul Chicco Twala, there were 11 people there when Senzo lost his life: Kelly and her two children, Zandile Khumalo, Kelly’s mother Ntombi Gladness Khumalo, Longwe, Senzo, Tumelo Madlala (Senzo’s best friend), Mthokozisi Twala (relative of Senzo’s wife Mandisa) and the two robbers.
Earlier this year, a car washer from Khumalo’s neighbourhood, Zamokuhle Mbatha, filed a lawsuit against Police Minister Bheki Cele and the NPA for wrongful arrest and defamation of character after he was detained for the murder back in 2014.
Mbatha had been falsely pointed out by a witness at the identification parade. Mbatha was 25 at the time.
His lawyer Xolani Ndwandwe said his client’s dignity and safety had been put on the line and he’d lost his job while he was in jail.
Twitter account Man’s Not Barry Roux later made several explosive allegations against those who were in the house and that alleged evidence had been covered up to cover for Longwe, who was allegedly the one who pulled the trigger using his father’s gun.
The account tweeted: “Whatever amount Chicco paid you to cover up for his son Longwe and the manipulation of the crime scene is not greater than a life of a human being. Chicco Twala, I will leave you to think like a man and possibly do the right thing and admit to your carelessness. The nation will applaud you for coming out clean or else hell will break loose on you soon. Oh, Chicco Twala, I almost forgot to tell you to stop proclaiming a conspiracy against you and realise you are the reason why the coldblooded killer who killed Senzo is today walking the streets a free man.”
In an attempt to clear his name, Sunday World reported Chicco Twala launched a manhunt for the man behind the parody account. He reportedly hired a team of forensic social media experts to expose the real account holder and report him to the police for defaming him and his son, or to file a defamation lawsuit.
News24 earlier this year exposed the man apparently behind the account, but Twala appears not to have sued him. Attempts to get a comment from Twala on why he has not taken action have proven unsuccessful so far.
Only Kelly, Longwe, Zandile and Chicco have ever spoken about what happened that fateful night.