Zandi Khumalo-Image Source@InstagramZandi Khumalo-Image Source@Instagram

Zandi Khumalo Jets Off Amid Trial For Health Reasons

Zandile “Zandi” Khumalo, the singer and first witness in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, may have been feeling homesick when she told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria that she was experiencing chest pains on Wednesday, 19 July. Hours after Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng postponed proceedings until Thursday, Zandi took to her Instagram account to share a picture from inside a plane with O.R Tambo International Airport tagged as her location, as well as Michael Bubble’s hit song, Home.

Did Zandi Khumalo Leave Gauteng?

Zandile Khumalo-Image Source@Twitter
Zandile Khumalo-Image Source@Twitter

It is not clear if the Ikhwela singer actually boarded a flight from Johannesburg or if the image is old. It is also not clear if the trial will resume as planned tomorrow. In court on Wednesday, she revealed that she lives in Durban. The caption on her Instagram post read: “And we were up……………and off we went ❤️ because sometimes your sanity and peace should come before everything and everyone vele abantu baZokhuluma but ngeke bakwenzele lutho futhi ngeke bakwenze lutho [because people will run their mouths but they won’t do anything for you or to you], missed my son.”

Senzo Meyiwa Murder Trial Postponed

Zandi was among the people who were in the Voloorus house in Gauteng when Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was killed in 2014 in what is believed to be a botched robbery. During her testimony, she told the court she recognized accused number two, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, as one of the two intruders who tried to rob them on the night the former Orlando Pirates footballer goalkeeper was gunned down.

Zandile Khumalo-Image Source@Twitter
Zandile Khumalo-Image Source@Twitter

The five men accused are: Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa and Sifisokuhle Nkani Ntuli. They are standing trial for premeditated murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, possession of firearms without a license and possession of ammunition.

Following her testimony, court adjourned for lunch with the intention of resuming at 14:00 when Zandi would be cross-examined. However, state prosecutor George Baloyi told the court Zandi needed time to sort out her accommodation issue. When proceedings resumed some minutes later, Baloyi told the court that Zandi was not feeling well.

“We can’t tolerate this. When she must be cross-examined there are problems,” Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng said. Zandi responded that she has a pain in her chest.

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