Zamokuhle Mbatha: "I did not kill Senzo"
Zamokuhle Mbatha wants his name to be cleared. Zamokuhle, who's been accused of killing Senzo Meyiwa, has spoken out about these accusations. He was then released from prison after charges against him were provisionally withdrawn as there was not enough evidence.
He told The Times: "People want to kill me because they say I killed Senzo . I am scared. I fear for my family. The police protect people. I want to know if they will protect me and my family."
Zamokuhle, who was arrested days after Senzo's murder, insists that he had nothing to do with the killing. "Why say it was me? I want answers," he told The Times. He added that he wants an apology from the police and from the people who told the world that he is responsible.
He told the paper that he was arrested at a spaza shop. "The police came and asked if I was Zamokuhle. Then they took me. They didn't say why or where I was going. They just took me." Zamokuhle said after discovering that this was in connection with Senzo's murder, he told the police that it wasn't him. "I knew Senzo. Everyone knew him. We saw him in the streets. I know Kelly because I washed her car."
He told the paper that he was with 12 others at the identity parade. "I couldn't see who identified me. I was just told I had been identified," he said, adding that the identity kit got him into trouble. "It's a splitting image of me, but I don't know how those who spoke to the police could say it was me. I didn't kill Senzo."
When asked if he had a message for the Meyiwas or Khumalos, Zamokuhle told The Times: "I just want answers. Why accuse me? They and the police must tell everyone, the world, it's not me, that I am not guilty. I want an apology on TV just like when the police went onto TV and said it was me, Zamo, who killed Senzo. The police, who were 100% sure it was me, must explain why they are not now 100% sure."