‘Cops messed up, he’s in­no­cent’

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Zamokuhle Mbatha’s friends and fam­ily main­tained his in­no­cence.

They said in in­ter­views that he did not re­sem­ble the man in a po­lice iden­tikit re­leased a few days after Meyiwa’s death.

His girl­friend, whose name is known to The Star but who asked not to be named, said Mbatha had been home at about 8pm on Oc­to­ber 26, the night Meyiwa was shot and killed at his girl­friend Kelly Khu­malo’s mother’s house.

The fam­ily had also told The Star they were sur­prised that the po­lice had com­piled an iden­tikit when Mbatha was known to the Khu­ma­los.

On Mon­day, Novem­ber 3, po­lice di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner of de­tec­tive ser­vices Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Vi­nesh Moonoo said “we are con­fi­dent he (Mbatha) is linked to the crime”.

Last week, Mbatha’s cousin, who asked not to be named, told The Star that Mbatha does not have a gold tooth or a hat like the one on the iden­tikit. He said the po­lice had told them that they were tak­ing Mbatha in for ques­tion­ing.

“We were shocked when we saw on TV that he had been ar­rested and taken to court. This whole is­sue makes our fam­ily look bad to peo­ple, as if we have raised a thug,” his cousin said last week. – Omphitlhetse Mooki and Kutl­wano Oli­fant

THE STAR re­ported last week that

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