Judge Denies Witness’s Request for Non-Broadcasting in Senzo Meyiwa Murder Trial

…By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media. The presiding judge in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela, has dismissed an application from a State witness seeking to prevent the live broadcast of her testimony in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

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The witness argued that the broadcast could make her uncomfortable and potentially endanger her life.

After a delay in proceedings on Monday and Wednesday, Judge Maumela finally delivered his ruling on Thursday, 18 May.

Concerns and Considerations:

In his ruling, Judge Maumela acknowledged the need to balance public interest and the sensitivity surrounding the witness’s situation.

He recognized that many individuals who are interested in the case are unable to attend court in person.

However, he also emphasized the importance of protecting the lives of witnesses who testify.

While understanding the potential adverse consequences of broadcasting the witness’s face, the judge found no evidence that broadcasting her voice would put her at a disadvantage.

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Ruling on Live Broadcast:

Judge Maumela decided that the live broadcast of the witness’s image would not be permitted.

However, members of the electronic media are allowed to broadcast her testimony through audio means.

The prohibition on displaying images of the witness while she testifies will remain in place until the conclusion of the case.

Background on Senzo Meyiwa’s Murder:

Senzo Meyiwa, a popular soccer star, was fatally shot on 26 October 2014 during an alleged botched robbery at the home of his girlfriend, singer Kelly Khumalo, in Vosloorus, Gauteng.

Several individuals, including Khumalo, her mother and sister, and Meyiwa’s friends, were present during the incident.

Trial and Accused Individuals:

Five men, Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa, and Fisokuhle Nkani Ntuli, are currently on trial for the murder of Senzo Meyiwa.

They face charges of premeditated murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravated circumstances, possession of firearms without a license, and possession of ammunition.

All five accused individuals have pleaded not guilty.

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About the Author:

Jack Sylva is an accomplished writer and producer with over three years of experience creating news content for TDPel Media. He is a skilled and dedicated professional who is passionate about keeping his readers informed and up-to-date on the latest news and events. Jack has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting compelling stories that resonate with his audience. His hard work and dedication have made him a valuable member of the TDPel Media team, and his contributions to the organization have been instrumental in its success. In his free time, Jack enjoys reading, writing, and exploring the great outdoors. He lives in London, United Kingdom.

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