No fingerprints found on door intruders used at Khumalo home

Forensic officer Thobeka Mhlahlo told the Pretoria High Court that she found no fingerprint evidence on the door allegedly used by intruders who killed Senzo Meyiwa.

This despite her colleague Thabo Mosia having testified earlier that fingerprints were not collected from the door due to it being used by numerous individuals.

However, during cross-examination by defence advocate Zandile Mshololo, Mhlahlo, who was responsible for collecting fingerprints from the crime scene, provided a different account.

She confirmed that she powdered the door the day after the incident but found no fingerprints to lift.

Asked directly about the presence of fingerprints on the door, Mhlahlo’s response was unequivocal: “I did investigate the door. There were no fingerprints.”

The absence of fingerprints on the door has raised questions whether it was indeed used by the alleged perpetrators, and whether other aspects of the investigation might have been mishandled.

Meyiwa was gunned down at the home of his then-girlfriend Kelly Khumalo in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg on October 26 2014.

In the dock for Meyiwa’s murder are Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Ntanzi, Mthobisi Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa, and Sifisokuhle Ntuli.

They have pleaded not guilty to the soccer star’s murder.


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