Johannesburg – The acting national police commissioner spokeswoman, Mashadi Selepe, lambasted the media for not giving the police the right to reply regarding the investigation into Senzo Meyiwa’s murder case that, after almost two years, still remains unsolved.
But Selepe, who was the one who issued a statement saying the police would no longer comment on the status of the investigation, could still not provide further clues on progress with the investigation.
This comes after his former girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, who was a guest on Anele Mdoda’s radio programme Real Talk on Wednesday, said the elaborate investigation of Meyiwa’s murder was driving her “mad”. She said she had been barred from speaking out about the events leading to his death while he was at her family home in Vosloorus in October 2014.
“The investigation thing is driving me crazy, because people want to know. And I want to get this out of my system and move on with my life,” she said, adding: “And for me, I feel like the police are not doing enough. I’m actually mad (about it).”
Asked about Khumalo’s comments, Selepe said the police wouldn’t be drawn on how individual(s) felt about police investigations. “Our investigation is ongoing regarding the Meyiwa case and we will not respond to everyone’s feelings regarding this case.
“Our concern is that the media conducts interviews, which have to do with the police investigation, without seeking comment from us. The department is not in a position to respond to what was broadcast, but the investigation is still under way and cannot be canvassed through the media.”
The case docket has changed hands from the Hawks to police detectives, but neither the family of the Orlando Pirates’ goal-minder nor Khumalo have been given any clue as to how far the police investigation has progressed.
Selepe said this week that the reasons for the police not giving updates on the status of the investigation related to internal matters that could not be disclosed to the media.
Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrator(s) should contact Crime Stop at 08600 10111 or SMS Crime Line at 32211.