Kelly Khumalo Ejected From Tribute To Women Festival Over Senzo Meyiwa Murder Trial

Organizers of the upcoming Tribute To Women festival have dropped award-winning singer Kelly Khumalo due to the ongoing Senzo Meyiwa murder trial in which she is implicated.

On Monday afternoon, the organizers announced that they would be removing Khumalo from the line-up. This decision came after several comments on social media and requests from various patrons.

“We respect the legal processes and wish to indicate that Ms. Kelly Khumalo is innocent until proven otherwise,” read the statement.

“However, in the interest of safeguarding our festival, management has taken the decision to relieve Ms. Khumalo of her obligations to perform at our festival this year to afford her and her team the time they require to deal with the issues emanating from the current court proceedings.”

The unfortunate decision by organisers of the event comes after Khumalo’s name was dropped during the ongoing Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, IOL reports.

Colonel Lambertus Steyn, who is based at the National Cold Case Investigative Unit, during his testimony, revealed shocking new information putting Khumalo once again in the spotlight.

Steyn told the court that not only was a SIM swap done in October 2014, but that eight calls were made from the SIM-swapped number to Meyiwa’s girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo’s, cellphone.

Meyiwa was brutally murdered while visiting his girlfriend and mother of his child, Khumalo, at her home in Vosloorus in October 2014.

Steyn also told the court that they had established that one of the accused had been in contact with Khumalo on at least two occasions before Meyiwa’s murder. Ntuli was said to have called Khumalo on August 2, 2014, and again on October 15, 2014.

Fans have expressed their shock over Khumalo being dropped from the line-up as many had been hoping to seeing her perform.

Tribute To Women 2023 takes places on August 12 at Emmerentia Dam and has a line-up featuring Mafikizolo, Sjava, Amanda Black and Kabza De Small.

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