Pheladi Sethusa
1 minute read
11 Nov 2014
9:58 am

Charges withdrawn against Meyiwa suspect (video)

Pheladi Sethusa

The NPA has officially withdrawn the charges against Zanokuhle Mbatha, the 25-year-old man accused of killing Senzo Meyiwa.

FILE PICTURE: Police form a guard of honour as they salute Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa at his funeral service held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday, 1 November 2014. The thousands in the stadium rose to their feet as a sign of respect to the goalkeeper. Meyiwa was shot and killed on Sunday evening in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni while visiting his girlfriend, actress and singer Kelly Khumalo. Picture: Giordano Stolley/SAPA

Mbatha had his second appearance in the Boksburg Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning and the charges of murder and robbery were dropped against him within five minutes.

State prosecutor Gertrude Market requested that Mbatha’s appearance on Tuesday took place in absentia.

It became apparent why when Magistrate Daniel Thulare accepted the State’s request to withdraw the charges.Thulare said there was not enough evidence against Mbatha to carry on with his trial.

Mbatha’s family, who filled two benches in the packed court room, were overjoyed. Lindiwe Mbatha, his sister-in-law, said: “We knew they had the wrong person. He would never do something like this”.

The family left the court in song.

Mbatha will be released from police custody and investigations into Meyiwa’s killing will continue.