Zandie Khumalo Writes Letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa
South Africans have voiced their opinions in response to musician Zandie Khumalo’s letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa regarding the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial.
Zandie Khumalo, known for her song “Ikhwela,” was one of the six adults present in the house on the night when Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was fatally shot in October 2014 in Vosloorus. She is also the sister of musician Kelly Khumalo, who was Meyiwa’s girlfriend at the time.
In her letter, Zandie expressed her gratitude to President Ramaphosa for his interest in the case and for the decision to replace Judge Maumela with Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng for the trial proceedings.
“… In my limited understanding of how the courts operate and their relationship with politics, I am uncertain whether the decision to recuse the sitting judge was appropriate or not. I neither condone nor condemn it. However, it was comforting for me to learn that you, Mr. President, have shown an interest in this court case,” she wrote.
Zandie’s Plea for Priority and Swift Progress
Zandie, a mother of one and one of the witnesses during the time when Longwe Twala was dating her, expressed the pain and suffering endured by the Meyiwa family due to Senzo’s unresolved murder.
She urged President Ramaphosa to prioritize the case and requested that there be no further delays. Zandie also called for the allocation of a specific courtroom for the trial, with proceedings taking place weekly until a verdict is reached.
“My greatest wish is to expedite the proceedings of this case. For the sake of the families who have not found closure after such a long time, I request that one court be designated exclusively for this case. Additionally, a dedicated legal team should be appointed solely for this case, and the trial should run from Monday to Friday until its conclusion and a verdict is delivered,” she stated.
Zandie emphasized her desire for justice for Senzo Meyiwa and expressed her willingness to testify once again.
Public Reactions on Twitter
The public response on Twitter to Zandie’s letter appears to be divided, with some expressing agreement with her sentiments while others view her actions as seeking attention.
Several individuals advised Zandie to address her letter to the appropriate office, such as the Gauteng Judge President or the Chief Justice’s office. They explained that the President does not have the authority to decide on such matters due to the country’s separation of powers under the trias politica system.
“I agree that it has been long overdue, but your stories still don’t align. If you had told the truth, we wouldn’t be in this situation,” wrote one user.
Another user expressed skepticism, stating, “I’m sorry, but it seems like she’s putting on a show. She knows that the letter won’t even reach the President.”
One Twitter user pointed out, “An impossible request: the trias politica is our system.”
Another individual advised, “Writing to the Judge President would have been more appropriate. If the desired outcome is not achieved, then proceed to the Chief Justice. Writing to the President of the country seems attention seeking and futile since Cyril cannot make that determination due to the separation of powers.”
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