‘Cops messed up, he’s innocent’
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