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Police applied to have Kelly Khumalo arrested for alleged role in Meyiwa murder, court told

It was revealed in court on Wednesday that two of the accused claimed Kelly Khumalo was the person who ordered a hit on her lover, Senzo Meyiwa.

Police applied to have Kelly Khumalo arrested for alleged role in Meyiwa murder, court told

Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng presides over the re-start of the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial on 17 July 2023. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey Makhaza/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court in Pretoria learned how police made an application for the arrest of singer Kelly Khumalo in connection with the murder of her lover, football star Senzo Meyiwa.

On Wednesday, the court heard groundbreaking details of how two men accused of killing Meyiwa alleged that the songstress ordered the hit on the footballer.

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Meyiwa was killed at Khumalo’s mother's home in October 2014 in what police initially believed was a robbery gone wrong.

Five men are standing trial for the murder.

Now that it's been established from Brigadier Bongani Gininda’s statement that police believed, in 2020 already, when the matter was first enrolled in court, that Kelly Khumalo ordered the hit on Meyiwa, the question remains: why is she not in the dock standing trial with the accused?

Gininda said strides were made by police to have her arrested, including an application for a J50 warrant of arrest that was not signed.

He said the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) made the call: “A decision was taken at that time that these are the people that must be indicted, and that is accused one to five. I cannot disclose further details in terms of my discussion with the NPA, but there were certain things that had to be looked into insofar as Ms Kelly Khumalo.”

While Khumalo was implicated by the accused as the mastermind, Section 219 of the Criminal Procedure Act states that no confession made by any person can be admissible as evidence against another.

In light of this, it's yet to be seen whether police will continue to pursue Khumalo to have her day in court.