Meyiwa murder trial adjourns as witness Tumelo Madlala fails to testify

The Senzo Meyiwa murder trial has been adjourned until tomorrow to allow state witness, Tumelo Madlala time to compose himself after an emotional recall of events leading to the goalkeeper’s death.

The trial adjourned before time after a tearful Madlala testified about that fateful night when Meyiwa was shot dead.

The first witness who was present when Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead in 2014 has asked the court for time to compose himself as he began his testimony.

Tumelo Madlala, one of Meyiwa’s closest friends, testified as a State witness on Tuesday afternoon.

He recounted the events of 26 October, the night that Meyiwa was killed

The former Bafana Bafana captain was shot dead at the home of his girlfriend, singer Kelly Khumalo

Madlala was cooperative when giving his testimony, at times giving more detail than required with State advocate George Baloyi reeling him in.

He described the events of the fateful day when he arrived in Spruitview from KwaZulu-Natal to meet Meyiwa

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“From there, we then proceeded to the house, and I was informed the [said house] was Kelly’s home,” Madlala said.

But as he moved closer to detailing the incident that took Meyiwa’s life, he took a slight pause.

“May I take a break?” he asked.

The lunch adjournment was taken slightly earlier to allow Madlala time to regain his composure.

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