Steven Tau
1 minute read
11 Nov 2014
5:45 pm

Freed Senzo suspect a ‘respected man’ (video)

Steven Tau

Neighbours of Zamokuhle Mbatha who was on Tuesday released from prison after being incorrectly implicated in the murder of slain Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates FC captain, Senzo Meyiwa have spoken fondly of him.

Zanokuhle Mbatha’s mother (L) cries as she leaves court, 11 November 2014, outside the Boksburg Magistrate’s court after the court ordered that Mbatha be immediately released from custody due to lack of evidence. Mbatha was accused of being implicated in the murder of South African football player Senzo Meyiwa. Picture: Alaister Russell

Residents in Vosloorus who spoke to The Citizen, said they were still shocked and wondering why Mbatha was arrested in the first place.

Mbatha was arrested a day after the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was shot and killed during an apparent robbery at the family home of his girlfriend and musician, Kelly Khumalo in Zamo section, Spruitview in Ekurhuleni.

FILE PICTURE: Singer Kelly Khumalo is seen arriving with her baby daughter at her house in Zamo Section in Vosloorus, 27 October 2014, where her boyfriend Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot and killed on Sunday evening. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

FILE PICTURE: Singer Kelly Khumalo is seen arriving with her baby daughter at her house in Vosloorus, 27 October 2014, where her boyfriend Senzo Meyiwa was shot and killed. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Mojalefa Marema said many people would welcome him back as they did not believe that he was behind Meyiwa’s killing.

Another resident and a close friend to Mbatha, Mzukisi Nqosana accused the police of arresting the wrong suspect.

“Zamo has always been a person who is against crime and in the past four years that I have known him, he never showed any signs of killing someone.

“The police must just go and look for the real suspects,” Nqosana added.

Earlier on Tuesday, Magistrate Daniel Thulare ordered that Mbatha be released from jail with immediate effect as there was no sufficient evidence to trial him.

Here’s what some of Mbatha’s neighbours and friends said about him:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eWn-SZI5fc