By Solly Maphumulo
One of the suspects in the murder case of Bafana Captain Bafana Senzo Meyiwa faces two charges of attempted murder.
Muzikawukhalelwa Sibiya, who was under heavy police custody, made a brief appearance at Vosloorus Magistrates’ Court this week.
Last month, Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa and Fisokuhle Nkani Ntuli were charged with the murder of Meyiwa after six years.
The football star was shot dead on October 26, 2014 at Kelly Khumalo’s mother’s home in Vosloorus.
In Monday’s court appearance, Sibiya, 34, who was represented by her lawyer, kept her eyes riveted on the ground and shyly gazed around the courthouse.
Sibiya is accused of having shot Ntombenhle Ndaba. He allegedly shot Ndaba 25 times in a fit of rage in 2015 at the Basuthwini hostel. One of the bullets hit her in the chest and narrowly missed her heart. Insiders said a group of girls came to the hostel for a visit. Sibiya had just bought a brand new cell phone.
When he realized he was missing, he questioned the people in the house and allegedly threw bullets at Ndaba. She was rushed to hospital where she was treated.
During the commotion, his cell phone was discovered.
According to sources, a doctor who treated Ndaba said: “It was a miracle that she survived.”
The doctor was incredulous. He said he did not know how she survived the shooting incident because “the bullet hit her in the chest and missed her heart by a few inches.”
Shortly after the shooting, the Sibiyas negotiated with Ndaba’s family. It was agreed that she would be compensated if they did not open a case. After the money was collected, R5000 was handed over to Ndaba’s uncle.
Sibiya also faces another charge of attempted murder for shooting Mfanelo Mbatha. It was not immediately clear why Mbatha had been shot. Again after Mbatha was shot, Sibiya’s family compensated his family with R5000. The case was postponed to December 1 for further investigation.
In another incident, Sibiya allegedly shot a girlfriend in December 2014 after threatening to blow her whistle over Meyiwa’s murder. Sibiya reportedly told him about his alleged involvement in Meyiwa’s murder. Shortly after the incident, the families reunited. It was agreed that the Mbatha family would be compensated.
“We are still investigating this matter. We are still trying to find out what happened to this case, ”a source said.
Sibiya, wanted by police since last year for drug trafficking, was arrested in Tembisa on May 30 of this year. He was also arrested in 2018 for drug trafficking and was released on bail.
He did not appear in court on the next court date.
His bail was subsequently canceled and an arrest warrant was issued against him.
Police had also searched for Sibiya in connection with Meyiwa’s murder.
Sibiya, who lived in a Basuthwini youth hostel, relocated following three separate shootings.
He went to live with his uncle in the Vusumuzi section in Tembisa.
On October 26, Sibiya was formally charged with the murder of Meyiwa.
Last month, Sibiya, Ntanzi, Mncube, Maphisa and Ntuli appeared before the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court for murder and theft with aggravating circumstances.