The family of the late Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa says all it has ever wanted is justice. The trial of the five men who are accused of orchestrating Meyiwa’s murder started in the High Court in Pretoria on Monday but has been postponed to Tuesday.
He was gunned down in Vosloorus east of Johannesburg eight years ago. Meyiwa’s sister Zama says all her mother wants is the truth about who killed the former soccer star.
“My mother is coping, she is very strong. I remember one day she said she will be the one to die before my father but because she is a praying woman who prayed to God to help her face this situation. This whole situation affected my father to an extent that whenever he spoke about it she would break down all because he wanted to know what exactly happened to his son. A lot had happened while my father was still alive, there were people who were swearing at my father whenever he wanted the truth about Senzo and one of them is the mastermind who told him to stop inquiring about Senzo. What affected my father the most is perhaps he did not have enough money to fight for his son’s justice, it affected him. My mother is strong and the family. All we want to know is the truth,” says Meyiwa’s sister.
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Head of lobby group AfriForum’s Private Prosecution Unit, Advocate Gerrie Nel, has refused to be drawn into what could have happened on the day Meyiwa was fatally shot eight years ago. Advocate Nel says they will await the evidence to unfold as the trial starts in the High Court in Pretoria.
He is representing the Meyiwa family. The five accused in the case face charges of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, possession of firearms without a license, and possession of ammunition.
Advocate Nel told the media outside court that he was not aware of the anticipated special plea of the accused.
“I don’t understand the special plea, I don’t expect it. Just think for yourself if you are guilty then let’s go to court. To allow the opportunity to test the state’s case and develop our own case and indicate to the court that you’re not guilty. As far as Sfiso is concerned, please excuse me, he is not a client of mine. He used to be, but I have not done any consultation with him. So I would prefer not to give what I think of them.”