Lobby group AfriForum wants the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to recommend a formal inquest into the death of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa.

“The formal inquest will give Advocate Gerrie Nel and the interested parties the opportunity to test the evidence and cross-examine the witnesses. This will assist the magistrate in judging who was responsible for Meyiwa’s death,” AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel said in a statement on Wednesday.

The lobby group announced in November it would be representing the Meyiwa family to get to the bottom of the five-year mystery of who killed their son.

Police have been criticised for failing to crack the case, despite at least seven witnesses having witnessed the murder. 

The 25-year-old soccer star was shot dead in a robbery at his then girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s home in Vosloorus, Johannesburg, in October 2014. 

Police arrested one suspect, Zamokuhle Mbatha, days after the killing. However, he was later freed due to a lack of evidence.

What has AfriForum uncovered so far?

Nel, who is representing the family on the matter, said they heard troubling things from the family, including witnesses’ statements which were critical to the case, but were never included in court documents.

“Police would come to their house to take statements that was very relevant to the case, just to find out none of these statements was noted in the court statements,” said Nel.

“We believe the murder can only be solved by looking at what happened in the house on that day in 2014 and not on the basis of allegations of robbers who came in,” he added.

A number of witnesses, including former police officers, have also come forward to assist in the matter.

“The formal inquest will give Nel and the interested parties the opportunity to test the evidence and cross-examine the witnesses,” said Kriel.

“Unique cases require unique solutions, and AfriForum hopes that this inquest will result in the case’s progress. It is in everyone’s interest that the country’s legal system functions properly,” Kriel said.

Kelly Khumalo ‘clears’ the air on Meyiwa’s death

Khumalo, who along with several other people witnessed the shooting, has long been accused of knowing far more than what she has let on – an allegation she has continued to deny.

In November, The Sunday Independent reported that claims of the athlete being shot by robbers were untrue and that he was “accidentally” shot when he tried to intervene in an altercation with Khumalo’s sister Zandile and her boyfriend at the home of the singer’s mother.

Following the report, she appeared on e.tv’s The Morning Show and blasted the publication.

“For that Sunday Independent paper, whatever they are. How dare you? When you go out like that and write something so false and untrue. At the end of the day, I promise you this: You will have egg on your face.”

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Presh JM Reporter

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