Inquest only way for Meyiwa family to get closure: AfriForum

AfriForum is demanding that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) launch an inquest into the circumstances and death of Senzo Meyiwa.

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Adv Gerrie Nel, Head of the organisation’s private prosecution unit says a formal inquest is the only way for the late Bafana Bafana captain and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper’s family to gain the closure they have sought for years.

“You call all the witnesses in and you test their versions. That is the only way we believe we can fastrack this matter because how long must the police still be allowed to investigate without any arrests and without any prosecutions? Our main brief is to ensure that justice is done. That is what Sfiso’s family has given us – to ensure that justice is done and it is now time that the family gets closure – that they understand who caused this and the only way to this without wasting further time is to have an inquest.”

AfriForum and the Meyiwa family announced last month that the body would be representing the Meyiwa family. Nel was appointed as the Meyiwa family’s advocate in the investigation.

Sifiso Meyiwa, Senzo’s brother says he believes the inquest will ensure justice so that Senzo’s murderers will eventually be brought to book.

“The Meyiwa family is proud to be associated with the organisation and are happy that it is taking the necessary steps to ensure progress in the case. We once again encourage South Africans to stand together in fighting injustices,”

Nel insists the NPA cannot challenge the demand of an inquest.

“The only way that the NPA could refuse to refer the matter to the Magistrate is by saying that an arrest is imminent and if that is so then it’s brilliant (and) we will support them all the way,” concludes Nel.