Kelly Khumalo’s movement in and out of the bedroom during the commotion under the spotlight

kelly khumalos movement in and out of the bedroom during the commotion under the spotlight

Kelly Khumalo’s movement in and out one of the bedrooms at her mother’s house in Vosloorus during the alleged commotion, according to state witness Tumelo Madlala, is expected to continue to be the point of focus when the Senzo Meyiwa trial continues on Thursday morning.

According to Madlala, moments after two intruders allegedly stormed into the house with the shorter one, wearing a jacket and hat, sporting short dreadlocks, Longwe Twala stood up and pushed the intruder with the gun.

Madlala says it was at this point that a commotion ensued inside the house, with Longwe having left the house, and Kelly Khumalo’s mother and sister, Gladness and Zandi, respectively, using his crutches to assault the armed intruder.

Madlala has told the court that it was during this time that he saw Kelly Khumalo run in and out of one of the bedrooms before she joined her mother and sister in assaulting the armed intruder.

During the post-lunch adjournment on Wednesday, which was preceded by the call for the media to leave the courtroom owing to video footage showing Madlala’s face that seemed to have been leaked out during the live streaming of proceedings, Advocate Zandile Mshololo for accused 5 questioned Madlala on the reasons why Khumalo had to run into one of the bedrooms.

She put it to Madlala that it was not known what Khumalo had in her hands when she emerged from the bedroom and Madlala agreed.

According to Madlala, while the three ladies assaulted the alleged first intruder and Meyiwa held the alleged second intruder against the wall in the kitchen, a shot went off, before he ran into one of the bedrooms. When he came out of the bedroom, Madlala told the court that he found Kelly, Zandi, Gladness, Mthokozisi Thwala and Kelly’s child, with Meyiwa lying on the floor with a bullet wound.

Madlala has admitted in court he was unable to say exactly who shot the former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper but assumed that the alleged intruder with the gun had shot Meyiwa.

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Details of the post-mortem results on whether Meyiwa was shot by someone in front or behind him are also expected to come under the spotlight.

Kelly Khumalo’s lawyer, Magdalene Moonsamy on Monday brought an application for a Watching Brief and access to case dockets and court transcripts, but this was denied by the court, citing an earlier ruling on the matter in which the court had ruled that since there was a likelihood her client could be called in to testify Moonsamy could physically be in court or have access to court documents.

In June, Moonsamy told the media in Pretoria that her client wanted her day in court.

“There’s prejudice. There’s discrimination. As an attorney and an officer of a court, I’ve said previously that my client is not a suspect. There was a time Advocate Baloyi indicated to me that she may not even be called as a witness. Subsequently, a few weeks later, we were informed that she would be a witness and I thought that this would open a can of worms. The thing that we’ve been saying clearly and consistently is that, and this is what she said to me yesterday as well, that ‘I want my day in court’.”

The media is expected to be allowed back in court.

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