The arrest of Chicco Twala (the father of Longwe Twala) has caused a stir on social media.
The music veteran was released on R2000 bail on Tuesday afternoon. After being charged with assaulting city officials and pointing firearm, he was released on R bail.
ChiccoTwala produced music for Kelly Khumalo (Senzo’s girlfriend and baby mama).
Senzo Meyiwa was shot and killed on 26 October 2014 at the home of Kelly’s mother Ntombi Khumalo. Kelly, Longwe, Ntombi and Kelly were all present at the scene. Also, Senzo’s friends Tumelo Madlala (Senzo) and Mthokozisi Thawala, Senzo’s sister Zandie, were there.
THE PLOT THICKENS WITH CHICCO TWALA ARREST
According to reports, Chicco Twala was arrested after he allegedly assaulted and pointed a firearm at two City Power technicians who were fixing an outage in his neighborhood.
The 58-year-old businessman – who confessed to using a “toy gun” – claims he believed the two men were cable thieves responsible for causing a blackout. On Sunday night
, the incident occurred at Bloubosrand in Johannesburg North.
He also revealed to Sowetan Live that he was texting them using his cellphone, whilst being detained in the police holding cell.
But following his arrest Chicco Twala also referenced Senzo Meyiwa – the soccer star who was shot and killed on 26 October 2014. Chicco was accused of “shielding his son” since the incident.
He stated to the publication via SMS that his arrest was a victory for me and defeat for all those who paint me as part of a mafia behind Senzo Meyiwa’s murder. “My arrest proves that I’m not above the law.”
He also named-dropped Bheki Cele, Minister of Police. Chicco said: “Haters using social media claim I bribed judges and police, including minister Bheki cele who I don’t even understand to protect my child.” Where can I find the money to bribe these people ?”
Five of the men who are accused in Senzo’s murder are being tried at Pretoria High Court for murder. Bheki Cele claimed that there is a solid case against them, but the majority of the public, including Senzo’s younger brother Sifiso have expressed their doubts.
Following the release of the Netflix documentary Senzo: Murder of a Soccer Star, Twitter users have accused Longwe and Kelly of being allegedly involved in Senzo Meyiwa’s murder.
TWEEPS SLAM ‘PR STUNT‘
Following Chicco Twala’s arrest and the alleged leak of his text messages to SowetanLive, tweeps shared their views on what they think went down.
@Ntombenhle124: “Chicco’s arrest is just another publicity stunt, trying to shift the focus on Senzo Meyiwa’s case. This made matters worse.
@RosemaryThando_: “Chicco Twala is holding onto Brenda Fassie’s music rights even in her grave. Chicco even tried to prevent Bongani’s film on his mother’s death from being made. Chicco manages to sabotage Bongani, imagine what he does to those who can’t speak for themselves?”
@_FancyFace00: “Chicco texting while being in a jail cell says alot about this staged arrest. Why would you be arrested for using a toy guy?Beggie [Bheki] Cele think we are still in grade one”
@MbaliRantlha: “Why is he even trying so hard to convince us that he is not above the law? Is that what’s bothering him? He was arrested, but he still had his phone to give a statement. That’s outrageous. Not everyone can get that kind of courtesy”
@BetweenyouI: “Chicco Twala thinks we are idiots like Kelly, Longwe, and Mosia. The so-called “arrest”, is just a PR stunt to distract us from the Senzo meyiwa trial. Longwe wants us to believe Longwe did not use his gun in order to murder Senzo. Sies to Chicco”