Legendary musician Sello 'Chicco' Twala's troubled son, Longwe is allegedly back on drugs. ZiMoja has learned that Longwe has left his Fourways home where he stayed with his father. This comes a few months after Longwe had been discharged from a rehabilitation centre for drug abuse. The fallen child-star has been to rehab a couple of times in recent years.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Longwe was back in the spotlight in November last year during the murder trial of late Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa. During the cross-examination of Senzo's friend Tumelo Madlala, murder accused defense lawyer Timothy Thobane read a statement that Madlala deposed where he names the individual who according to him killed Senzo. "I was for the first time to see Longwe Twala and I did not tell anyone or the Meyiwa family that Senzo was killed by Longwe Twala because he did not have a firearm with him instead he ran away,' the statement read. When questioned about who had asked him whether or not Longwe was carrying a firearm and if he shot Senzo, Madlala could not answer and said of the many statements he deposed not a single one of them was written by him.
Longwe will be featured in a documentary about Senzo's murder as one of the people who were in the house on the fateful night the soccer star was shot dead. At the time Longwe was romantically involved with singer Zandie Khumalo. Kelly, Zandie, their mother, Ntombi, and two of Senzo's best friends; Mthokozisi Twala and Tumelo Madlala, both from Durban who were all inside the house will feature in the documentary titled "Senzo Meyiwa: The Second Docket".
BACK ON THE STREETS
In the turn of events, ZiMoja has learned that Longwe is back on the streets, and his father Chicco has decided to give up on him. A source says when Longwe was interviewed for the documentary, he was sober. "Nobody knows what happened to him to ditch his home and go back to drugs. His family, especially his father Chicco is devasted," the source adds. Another close friend of the Twala family says that Chicco and his family didn't enjoy the festive season. "Longwe still has a court case of Senzo Meyiwa to attend. How will he attend the case since the National Prosecuting Authority has to serve him with a summons to attend the case this year at his known address?" asks the family friend.
Zakhele Shiba who produced and directed the documentary with Lucky Dumakude says they interviewed Longwe when he was sober. Shiba says he was unaware that Longwe was back on drugs and referred ZiMoja to Chicco. "This is a personal matter and has nothing to do with the coming documentary." When called for comment Chicco's other son Twala Twala says his dad is on holiday. "We are not surprised, Longwe has been on drugs his entire life so there is nothing to comment on there.'