Kelly Khumalo Gets Dropped From The Maseru Jazz Festival Amid Senzo Meyiwa Trial
Singer Kelly Khumalo has been removed from the all-star line-up of the ‘A Tribute To Women’ festival at the upcoming Maseru Jazz Festival, set to take place on 24 September 2023 at Maseru Park in Mafikeng, North West. This decision comes amid the ongoing Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, in which Khumalo has been linked to one of the accused hitmen.
A Difficult Decision by Maseru Jazz Festival Management
In a statement released by the Maseru Jazz Festival management, they addressed the growing concerns voiced on social media about Kelly Khumalo’s involvement in the festival. The management stated, “In the interest of our Jazz Festival, we have taken the difficult decision to relieve Kelly Khumalo of the obligation to perform at our event. We acknowledge that she is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.”
Singer Linked to Alleged Hitman
Recently, during the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, cellphone data analyst and State witness Colonel Lambertus Steyn revealed some crucial information. Steyn informed the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria that Fisokuhle Ntuli, one of the five men accused of killing Meyiwa, had made two phone calls to the singer on 2 August 2014 and 15 October 2014. The first call lasted for close to two minutes, while the second one lasted one and a half minutes.
It’s worth noting that Ntuli, a well-known hitman, has been linked to six murders in KwaZulu-Natal. He received a hefty sentence of six life terms and 39 years in January 2022.
The Impact of the Senzo Meyiwa Murder Case
The murder of Senzo Meyiwa in 2014 sent shockwaves through South Africa, leaving the nation in grief. As the former Bafana Bafana captain, Meyiwa was tragically killed at Kelly Khumalo’s home, raising questions and speculation about the nature of their relationship and her possible involvement.
Throughout the investigation and subsequent trials, Kelly Khumalo has consistently maintained her innocence, stating that she had no part in the murder. However, the case has drawn significant attention and continues to be a matter of public interest.
Support and Criticism on Social Media
As with many high-profile cases, social media has played a pivotal role in shaping public opinion. Some users have shown support for Kelly Khumalo, emphasizing the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. They believe that her removal from the Maseru Jazz Festival line-up may be premature and unfair.
On the other hand, others have expressed concerns about her potential involvement and questioned whether her presence at the festival would be appropriate given the ongoing trial.
Respecting the Judicial Process
While the Maseru Jazz Festival management’s decision may be seen as controversial, they emphasize that it was taken to prioritize the integrity and reputation of the festival. By allowing the judicial process to unfold and not making any assumptions about Khumalo’s guilt or innocence, they hope to maintain a festival that honours women and their contributions to the music industry.
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