Jealous Twala, Kelly linked to the murder of Meyiwa, says top cop

Longwe, the son of renowned music producer Sello “Chicco” Twala, has been named as a suspect in the death of late Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa, alongside singer Kelly Khumalo.

Sunday World can exclusively disclose that despite months of searching, authorities have not been able to find Longwe at his addresses.

Longwe was implicated alongside with Khumalo on charges of common purpose – conspiracy to commit murder and the murder of Meyiwa. Khumalo was Meyiwa’s girlfriend at the time of his murder, and Longwe was dating the singer’s younger sister, Zandile.

According to an explosive affidavit obtained by Sunday World, Khumalo and Longwe learned that Zandile and Meyiwa were reportedly conducting an affair behind their backs.

“I can also state that at certain times, Senzo told me before he died that Kelly was using her sister to monitor him.

 “He actually told me that Zandi would stay with him in the unit and move with him wherever he went at the instruction of Kelly. He told me he ended up having an affair with Zandi and started sleeping with her behind her sister’s back,” the affidavit deposed by a close friend of Meyiwa, known to Sunday World, reveals.

In the affidavit, the friend also stated he “was informed by Senzo there were significant problems between Longwe and Senzo”, and that Longwe started suspecting he was sleeping with his girlfriend.

Days before Meyiwa was killed, Longwe made several phone calls to Khumalo, according to a police inquiry.

Leading investigator in the Meyiwa murder case, Brigadier Bongani Gininda, stunned the country this week when he testified in the trial that one of the five men accused of killing Meyiwa, Muzi Sibiya, made a confession statement on May 30, 2020, in which he implicated Khumalo “as the person who gave them instructions to
kill Meyiwa.”

Gininda went on to say Khumalo had “mobile phone linkages” with the suspects as well.

Colonel Lambertus Steyn of the National Cold Case Investigation Unit testified before the court last year, stating that Khumalo had spoken with at least two of the accused before to Meyiwa’s death. This week, Gininda also revealed to the court that Khumalo’s phone contained a picture of cash in a plastic bag, identical to the one discovered on Mthobisi Mncube, one of the suspects’, phones.

Additionally, Sunday World can disclose that Longwe’s phone contained the identical picture of the money bag.

Following Meyiwa’s death, Khumalo and Longwe supposedly conferred with a sangoma regarding purification.

A court-submitted affidavit from the sangoma states Khumalo and Zandile conferred with her shortly after Meyiwa’s shooting death. Furthermore, according to the sangoma,
Khumalo’s mother brought Longwe to her a few days later when Twala was purportedly saying that he was being bothered by a deceased person.

 According to Gininda’s testimony, “communication records” between Khumalo and her sister, Zandile, from early 2013 showed that she wanted to get rid of Meyiwa.

“Taking that into account, inferences can be drawn that she meant killing him,” Gininda testified.

Gininda applied for a warrant of arrest for Khumalo in early November 2020, but the NPA didn’t approve it.

Chicco rubbished allegations that there was a warrant for Longwe’s arrest. “There is nothing like that, police would have informed me if they wanted my son because they know where he is,” he said.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Athlenda Mathe declined to comment.

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