Late Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa’s former girlfriend, singer Kelly Khumalo, issued on a statement on Monday night in which she called on those who “strongly” believed she was implicated in Meyiwa’s fatal shooting and had evidence to back this or believed she was protecting the later footballer’s killers to come forward so she would be “locked up”.
This comes after a report in Sunday World claimed that the investigation into Meyiwa’s death may have had a breakthrough, with arrests imminent.
Meyiwa was shot to death at Khumalo’s house in 2014.
The publication reported that three well-known individuals, along with a “top cop”, would soon be arrested for defeating the ends of justice, while a fifth would be arrested for the murder itself. This person is reportedly “well-known”.
The remaining three suspects are said to be the “mother of one of the suspects” and “two other people”. The police are reportedly investigating witnesses for concealing evidence to protect the murder suspect.
The suspects have reportedly all been subjected to lie detector tests already.
One unnamed suspect, however, told the paper that the police were being “desperate” and “there is no case against us”.
IOL reported late on Monday that the police said, however, that there were no imminent arrests in the late footballer’s murder case.
Meanwhile, Khumalo was forced to leave the stage at an EFF rally earlier this year after performing just two songs amid chants of “Senzo” from the crowd and one person who held up a banner demanding “Justice for Senzo Meyiwa”.
Khumalo has said she did everything she possibly could to save the life of her late boyfriend, and that she and her family were victims of a robbery that night, with her sister corroborating her story and saying her family cooperated with the police.
Despite this, Khumalo has been on the wrong side of Meyiwa’s fans and family. She has has been accused of withholding information that could lead to the apprehension of Meyiwa’s killers because she was at the scene of the incident. She has also been cyberbullied as a result.
In the statement shared on her social media page on Monday, Khumalo laments that one of her life lessons has been that “nothing will ever be easy or fair for a woman or a [woman] like me”.
“I often think maybe it’s the way that I was designed or the way I carry myself? Or somehow attract or deserve all the hate and accusations that are constantly thrown at me or maybe I’m just an easy target?” Khumalo wrote.
She later asserted that she was “done being a doormat” and a “punching bag”, calling on those with evidence that she was hiding something about Meyiwa’s murder to come forward so she would be arrested.
Khumalo wrote that she would not sit back and allow people to her abuse her and accuse her of something she had “nothing to do with”.
“I have cooperated with the law [and] gave all [the] necessary information. If [there’s] one thing I will never do is to take a fall for something I know nothing about. I will fight to my last breath cause that’s who I am. I owe it to me.”
(Compiled by Makhosandile Zulu)