A retired policeman, Brigadier Philani Ndlovu, a key witness, first on scene of the murder of Senzo Meyiwa, has died.

Brigadier Ndlovu passed away on Wednesday after reportedly falling sick a few days earlier.

His death has sparked yet another wave of speculation that a very powerful political figure may be involved in Meyiwa’s murder or covering up the killer.

Brigadier Philani Ndlovu reportedly died on Wednesday.

The cause of death is still not clear.

He was the former head of detectives in Gauteng and was among the first on the scene of the murder.

Senzo Meyiwa was shot and killed more than seven years ago.

Five men have been charged with his murder.

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The trial finally got underway last month but was postponed to 30 May after the lawyer representing four of the accused,
Advocate Malesela Teffo, was arrested on charges of contempt of court.

Advocate Teffo had asked the high court to resume the trial earlier than planned. Teffo wrote to the high court for it to consider making an urgent request to bring the trial forward to May 18 rather than the initial proposed date of May 30.

Chief amongst reasons for his request was that witnesses and his clients were receiving death threats from the police.

According to Teffo he also wrote a letter to national police commissioner General Fannie Masemola asking him to intervene, however, he did not respond. In the same letter, the national commissioner was informed about the threat to have Teffo arrested.

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