Senzo Meyiwa trial State won’t call Kelly Khumalo, prosecutor tells court
There was a heated verbal exchange between the defence counsel and a State substantiation.
The defence maintained there was no thievery or interferers on the night Senzo Meyiwa was shot.
Songster Kelly Khumalo isn’t on the State’s substantiation list in the trial of five men indicted of killing her swain, Senzo Meyiwa, in 2014.
The prosecutor, advocate George Baloyi, on Monday verified to the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria that she’d not be called as a substantiation.
It matter came up during thecross-examination of her family, Zandile Khumalo, the State’s first substantiation.
Advocate Zithulele Nxumalo, for the defence, told Zandile there were contradictions in the statements given by the inhabitants in the house when Meyiwa was shot in October 2014
” You told this court the first projectile was in the kitchen. But a statement by your family, Kelly, suggests the struggle was in the dining room,” said Nxumalo.
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Zandile said she could not answer, and that he was welcome to call Kelly to ask her because she was still alive.
Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng also asked Baloyi whether the State would call Kelly as a substantiation- to which Baloyi responded,” no”.
Nxumalo told the court the defence would bring an operation for Kelly to swear.
This was followed by a heated exchange after Nxumalo told Zandile to stop giving long- winded answers.
Zandile said Please watch your tone when you speak to me. I’m not your woman
; I’m someone differently’s woman
Mokgoatlheng fitted – and said the court’s form should be maintained.
Nxumalo also said to Zandile” I put it to you that the deceased was killed by someone in the house.”
Zandile replied” What I am saying is people came by and shot Senzo. There were interferers; they shot Senzo. I am not lying. I do not watch how frequently you try to say what you’re saying; my response will remain the same. You can say it 50 times else, my response will be the same.”
The trial continues.