Johannesburg – New details emerged in the murder trial of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa on Monday during the cross-examination of Colonel Lambertus Steyn, a data analyst and investigations officer in the National Cold Case Investigative Unit of the South African Police Services.
Steyn analysed data from the cellphones of the six individuals who were present at the house when Meyiwa was shot during an alleged botched home robbery in 2014.
One key revelation was that Meyiwa’s then-girlfriend and singer, Kelly Khumalo, received two calls from one of the accused, Sifisokuhle Nkani Ntuli. The first call was made on 2 August 2014, and the second call was on 15 October 2014, just a week before Meyiwa’s death.
Steyn clarified that he only received raw data from the service providers and did not carry out any prior analysis on the cellphone data.
He also mentioned that no conclusive evidence could be obtained from the cellphone records, and no calls to the police or emergency services were made from any of the phones in their possession on the night of the incident.
“I did check [and] I couldn’t find any number of the police, even 10111, from any of the phones in our possession which was on my analysis data base,” Steyn said.
The accused in the trial, including Ntuli, Bongani Ntanzi, Mthobisi Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa, and two others, have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, possession of an unlicensed firearm, and possession of ammunition.
Meyiwa was shot dead in his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s presence at the home belonging to her mother Ntombi. Her sister Zandile and her boyfriend Longwe Twala and two of Meyiwa’s friends who were visiting from KwaZulu-Natal were also at the home. The house occupants told police Meyiwa was killed by one of two intruders who barged into the home and demanded cellphones and money.