Tuesday 26 October marked the death anniversary of former Orlando Pirates keeper and Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa who fathered a seven-year-old daughter with singer Kelly Khumalo.
SENZO MEYIWA’S DEATH
The South African footballer was killed in an armed robbery at the home of Kelly Khumalo on 26 October 2014.
Kelly, her sister Zandile, their mother Ntombi, Longwe Twala, Meyiwa’s friends Mthokozisi Thwala and Tumelo Madlala, Kelly’s then four-year-old son Christian and Thingo were in the house when Senzo was shot dead.
Senzo’s death was first believed to be a botched robbery, but as the investigation continued, it appeared more as if it was a hit. KwaZulu-Natal hitman Fisokuhle Ntuli was implicated in the murder of six people, including that of the footballer on 18 October.
On Monday 25 October the case was postponed at the Boksburg Magistrate Court to 11 April 2022. Senzo’s brother Sfiso Meyiwa then revealed that he did not think the suspects implicated in his brother’s death are the “real killers”. Senzo then began to trend on Twitter as Tweeps felt like South African police minister Bheki Cele is taking them for “fools”.
While the case of the footballer’s death is still ongoing, here is a look at how Kelly has remembered her ex-boyfriend over the last seven years.
HOW KELLY KHUMALO REMEMBERED SENZO
The Empini hitmaker often trends on Twitter as Tweeps speculate that she may have been a suspect or may know more about the case than she has spoken about. Senzo’s family did not allow Kelly to attend his funeral. This was a statement made by his father to The New Age.
Kelly has spoken about Senzo a few times in relation to their daughter Thingo.
1. KELLY TELLS THINGO HER FATHER IS IN HEAVEN
In the first season of Life With Kelly Khumalo, the singer tells her daughter that her father is in heaven and watching over her. Thingo sadly asks “I’m going to find him at home?” as she wonders why she didn’t have a father like other children.
2. KELLY SAYS SHE IS LABELLED A VICTIM
In an interview with investigative journalist Devi Sankaree Govender in 2020, Kelly said that Senzo left his wife to be with her. Therefore, she was easily painted as the villain in their story.
“I’m in a relationship with a guy that just recently left his wife for me so already I am the villain. So people were ready to see me as the guilty person,” she said.
3. SENZO’S BETRAYAL
In season two of her reality series Life With Kelly Khumalo, the singer revealed that she only found out Senzo was married to Mandisa Mkhize when she was three months pregnant with Thingo.
“I only found out that this man was married when I was three months into my pregnancy. So I have a fear of that,” she said.