Senzo Meyiwa Murder Trial: Accused’s Shocking Ritual Revealed
In a surprising twist during the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial at the Pretoria High Court, it was unveiled that the accused had sought the services of a Sangoma for a cleansing ritual immediately following the murder. The mystical figure at the centre of this revelation, Sangoma Lion Robert Zwane, testified that he provided the accused with powerful muthi, raising eyebrows in the courtroom.
Muthi for a Sinister Purpose
The court heard that the accused, including Muzi Sibiya, one of the primary suspects, initially approached Sangoma Zwane for muthi called “nhlanhl’emhlophe” to illuminate their path as they were about to embark on a specific endeavour, reportedly searching for work.
A Second Visit: Seeking Cleansing Muthi
Days later, the accused returned to Sangoma Zwane, but their purpose was different this time. They sought cleansing muthi as one of them had suffered an injury during their previous undertaking. During this interaction, Sangoma Zwane identified Muzi Sibiya as the primary point of contact among the accused.
Accused’s Cleansing Ritual
Sangoma Zwane testified that he performed a cleansing ritual for the three men. He revealed that such cleansing rituals are commonly used when encountering misfortune or losing a family member. The specific muthi used for cleansing was referred to as “isihlazi sokugeza.”
He explained, “I then helped them with a common cleansing ritual when someone has lost a family member and, in this instance, they had met a misfortune. I gave them a cleansing muthi called ‘isihlazi sokugeza.’
The Price of the Occult
Sangoma Zwane confirmed that he charged a fee for his services. He typically charges R100 for consultations, but the accused did not consult with him in this case. Instead, they paid him R500 for the muthi, which he likened to a regular job.
The Stolen Murder Weapon
In another pivotal development, a manager from SBV Services, Pieter Jacobus Smuts, testified that the firearm believed to have been used in Senzo Meyiwa’s murder was reported stolen during a cash-in-transit heist at a shopping centre in Rabbie Ridge in May 2013. He identified the weapon as a CZ 9mm parabellum, revealing that the serial number was traced back to SBV Services. The court adjourned, leaving further questions about the murder weapon’s journey unanswered until the next session.