A witness in slain Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa’s murder case died of food poisoning. The witness Thabang Makeleni was a student living in Vosloorus near Kelly Khumalo’s home was poisoned last year after he made a deposition to new investigators in which he linked the five suspects, currently charged for the murder of Meyiwa, to the scene.
According to Sunday World, Makeleni told the police that five people had shown up at Khumalo’s mother’s house the night Meyiwa was shot and killed.
Those who were in the house at the time of Meyiwa’s killing, according to the police were Kelly Khumalo, her mother Ntombifuthi Khumalo, and sister Zandi, Chicco Twala’s son Longwe and Senzo’s cousin.
Thabang died when he visited his girlfriend, sources close to him revealed that Makeleni was found dead in another room of the house, a separate room from where his girlfriend was sleeping.
“This on its own raises questions. How do you visit your girlfriend and you sleep in different rooms? Something is fishy,” said one of the sources.
National police spokesperson Vish Naidoo confirmed that a witness in the Meyiwa case died of poisoning.
Naidoo said: “The person who was allegedly killed by poisoning was one of a few people interviewed in connection with the Senzo Meyiwa murder investigation. I am not sure how you came to the conclusion that the arrests of the five suspects resulted from his ‘statement’? Nevertheless, there has been no evidence thus far suggesting that his death is in any way related to the Senzo Meyiwa murder investigation. That murder case is being dealt with by Gauteng province.”
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