Zandie Khumalo explained why she requested a media blackout during her evidence in the murder trial of Senzo Meyiwa. The singer testified in court about the night Senzo was killed a few weeks ago, but just the audio was released to the public because she refused to allow any recording.
The live streaming of the witness’s image will be prohibited. Members of the electronic media are permitted to live broadcast the witness’s evidence… via audio. “The prohibition on images of [the] witness… while she testifies shall remain in effect until the conclusion of this trial,” Tshifhiwa Maumela, the trial’s judge, ordered.nZandile addressed to people’s reactions to her decision in a sit-down interview with eNCA.
“This is a democratic country, I was just merely exercising my rights and I feel that, that is why even the court took about two days for the plea. They found that it was actually within my rights to exercise that and I don’t know why now is it a hoo-ha that I exercise my rights since this is a democratic country.
“My family and I, there’s no platform we haven’t been to, trying to explain exactly what happened. But it seems they choose what to listen to and they make their own decisions. So I was like, I don’t owe anybody anything right now because they’ve had their chance and now the only people that I need to testify to is just the court. Whether there is a camera there or not, I’m just there to testify. That’s all.