After so many years of investigations, police have finally made a breakthrough that could lead to an arrest of three well-known celebrities and a top cop for the murder of the late Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.
A forth person who is also well-known is reportedly facing an arrest in the next few days for this case.
The reasons for these arrests came after they were taken to police headquarters, where they were subjected to lie detectors. The identities of the suspects are still hidden from the public for legal reasons.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) was approached by the investigating team recently and requested them to permit warrants for the arrests of the eight suspects, sources from the justice and security reportedly confirmed on Sunday.
However, prosecutors stopped the operation, which was supposed to be carried out on Friday, saying that the police should go fill in the missing puzzles before they could be granted the warrants.
“They had hoped to arrest the suspects by the end of this week. But it can happen any time soon as they believe they have a winnable case against the suspects,” said one of the sources.
One of the sources also confirmed that the police has enough to go court.
“We learned that they are indeed ready and went to ask for warrants to arrest the suspects. Remember, these people are under pressure after (police) minister Bheki Cele announced that they would make a breakthrough by the end of April,” said the source.
Police spokesperson Brenda Muridili said that investigations were still active but couldn’t confirm nor deny anything else.
“You need to speak to the NPA about that, I cannot comment on their behalf,” she said.
NPA South Gauteng spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said that they don’t have knowledge for any of this.
Meyiwa was shot and killed at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s home in Vosloorus on the East Rand in 2014.
According to latest reports, the suspects allegedly lied about what happened on that night to hide evidence that could implicate the murder suspect.
It is also alleged that a cop was phoned by the suspects before he rushed to meet with the suspects and fiddled with the murder weapon.
But the cop claims that this story was made up by colleges who want to destroy his career.
“When Meyiwa was shot and killed I received a call from General Mosikidi, who told me that Meyiwa was gunned down. I woke up and went to the hospital where his body was kept. After that we went to the house where he was shot and in there was MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane.
“The scene was cleared and preserved. It was then decided that the case should be investigated by detectives and not the Hawks. So, if they say I fiddled with the investigations, then when?” he asked.
The cop made a bold statement saying that the police should stop shooting ducks and just hand over the case to him so that he can solve it for them.
“I told the police that I’m the only one who can crack this case and my offer still stands. How many times did they assemble a team of police officers from Bloemfontein and North West to try to solve this case but failed? How many times did they reconstruct the murder scene but came out with nothing? How many times did they question the people who were in the house and subjected them to lie detector tests but came out with nothing? They just don’t know what they are doing,” he said.
One of the suspects claims that the move by the is nothing but desperation.
“They are so reckless they could end up arresting wrong people. Let them try their luck with me, they will see what’s coming their way. I can tell you that there is no case against us. The lie detector tests they are talking about were done and no one was implicated by them,” said the suspect.