The lawyer for singer and socialite Kelly Khumalo, Magdalene Moonsamy, has withdrawn from former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa’s high-profile murder trial.
In April of last year, Moonsamy attended the hearing before Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela, who has since been replaced by Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng.
Moonsamy had submitted a notice of withdrawal from the case, the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) regional spokeswoman for Gauteng Lumka Mahanjana confirmed on Wednesday morning.
Moonsamy claimed a year ago that Khumalo had appointed her because she wanted to closely monitor the court’s processes.
She said that part of her job was to make sure everyone had a clear grasp of and direct access to the proceedings.
Meyiwa was killed on October 26, 2014, while visiting Khumalo, his girlfriend and the mother of his child, in Vosloorus in Gauteng.
Those in the house at the time included Khumalo and her younger sister, Zandi, their mother Ntombi, Longwe Twala, Meyiwa’s friends Mthokozisi Thwala and Tumelo Madlala, as well as Khumalo’s four-year-old son Christian, and Thingo, her daughter with Meyiwa.
The trial has restarted recently, and the State prosecution introduced its first witness – Zandile Khumalo, Kelly Khumalo’s younger sister.
Five men – Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Mthobisi Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa, and Sifokuhle Ntuli – have been arrested and face charges of murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in connection with Meyiwa’s murder.