The man who was wrongfully arrested in connection with the murder of former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain, Senzo Meyiwa, has been given a green light to sue the state.

Zamokuhle Mbatha is suing the National Prosecutor Authority, Minister of Police Bheki Cele, and two other officers for more than R21-million. This is after he was detained for 13 days

The matter has been put on the court roll for July next year.


Minister Cele has been included in the lawsuit because he is the current police minister. Even though not the minister at the time when Mbatha was arrested.

Mxolisi Ndwandwe who is Mbatha’s lawyer. Confirmed to Sunday Independent that the matter had finally been put on the roll for July 18, 2023. After more than eight years of ducking and diving by the state.

Minister of Police Bheki Cele

“We finally going to court after years of ducking and diving by the state, going back and forth for unnecessary reasons,” Ndwandwe told the publication.

“My client was wrongfully arrested and humiliated. But instead of acknowledging their mistakes, the state has been sending us from pillar to post.”

A senior police officer, who spoke to the same publication said the state must pay Mbatha. Apologise for their embarrassing mistake. Instead of wasting more money by going to defend their gross error in court.

“We as the police f***ed up big time in this case. They must pay this guy what is due to him instead of wasting more, in legal fees and whatnot,” the officer said.


Mbatha was arrested four days. This is after Mewiya was shot and killed at his then girlfriend’s mother’s house in Vosloorus. When a police identity kit was released with a dreadlocked man identified as one of the suspects.

Mewiya was dating singer, Kelly Khumalo, at the time and the musician was in the house when the soccer star was shot.

Among Mbatha’s claims are R2.5m for malicious prosecution. An additional R5m for defamation as he was labelled him as a criminal who had murdered Meyiwa.

Mbatha is suing for a total of R10m with 15.5% annual interest since the day the lawsuit was filed in April 2015. An amount comes to more than R21m to date.