Tongues commenced wagging this week following the loss of life of Brigadier Philani Ndlovu, who turned into one of the first senior law enforcement officials to go to the scene wherein overdue Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain, Senzo Meyiwa turned into shot and killed.
There is hypothesis approximately how Ndlovu died and it's miles alleged he has been poisoned, even as others say he has been severely unwell for weeks previous to his loss of life.
If Ndlovu turned into poisoned, he wouldn’t be the primary man or woman connected to the Meyiwa case to die from poisoning.
Thabang Makeleni, one of the witnesses who advised the police that he noticed humans going for walks farfar from the Khumalo residence at the night time Mewiya turned into killed, allegedly died from poisoning on January 23, 2019, simply 3 months after the suspects withinside the Meyiwa case had been arrested.
Makeleni’s loss of life certificate, visible through Sunday Independent this week, nevertheless lists the reason of his loss of life as “below investigation”.
But former police country wide spokesperson, Vish Nadoo, advised the Sunday World newspaper in November 2020 that Makeleni “turned into allegedly killed through poisoning”.
Makeleni and his bosom pal Simphiwe Ngwenya, who turned into sitting on the road nook in Vosloorus close to Khumalo’s domestic at the night time Meyiwa turned into killed, additionally advised the police that he noticed humans going for walks from the residence.
The boys helped the police bring together identikits of the suspects.
Ngwenya died after he turned into shot and no one turned into arrested for his homicide.
Sunday Independent can verify that even though Ndlovu turned into at Khumalo’s mother’s residence in Vosloorus on October 24, 2014 wherein Meyiwa turned into shot dead, he turned into now no longer a country witness withinside the case nor did he deposed any affidavit at the matter, police reassets stated.
Ndlovu died on Wednesday afternoon and yet, now no longer his own circle of relatives nor the police have issued a assertion approximately the reason of loss of life of the retired policeman.
Police spokesman Colonel Athlenda Mathe, the day past stated the SAPS couldn’t remark approximately Ndlovu or his loss of life due to the fact he turned into retired.
“The NPA should verify or deny whether or not he turned into their witness at the Meyiwa case.” Mathe stated.
Ndlovu’s call turned into noted in courtroom docket through defence attorney endorse Daniel Teffo, who's representing 4 of the 5 accused withinside the Meyiwa homicide trial.
During cross-examination, Sergeant Thabo Mosia, who's the primary witness withinside the case, Teffo stated Mosia arrived on the scene 4 hours later after it turned into allegedly tempered with.
Teffo noted senior law enforcement officials, along with Ndlovu, as individuals who arrived on the scene hours earlier than Mosia and took pix of the crime scene.
But this week 5 senior law enforcement officials showed that Ndlovu wasn’t a witness withinside the Meyiwa trial, even though he turned into a number of the first at the scene.
“We nevertheless don’t understand why he by no means deposed any affidavit due to the fact he visited the scene wherein Senzo turned into gunned down,” one of the officials stated.
Sunday Independent went thru the listing of the witnesses withinside the Meyiwa homicide trial and Ndlovu’s call wasn’t included.
“Someone is deceptive the general public that Ndlovu turned into a key witness withinside the Meyiwa case, due to the fact he wasn’t,” any other officer stated.
Officials with intimate understanding approximately the case, however, showed that this week the police attempted to take a assertion after Teffo noted Ndlovu’s call, however he turned into too ill to talk.
“A group of police visited Ndlovu on Wednesday morning to take statements from him however he turned into very ill, to an volume that he needed to be rushed to the closest clinic, wherein he turned into attended to and later discharged.
“However he died at domestic straight away after coming back from the clinic.
“No foul play at all,” one of the investigators at the Meyiwa case stated.
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