Cop doesn't have cellphones of 11 accused, court hears

2015-10-01 15:26
The body of a victim of the shooting at the Brook Street taxi rank in Durban is covered with a foil sheet. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

The body of a victim of the shooting at the Brook Street taxi rank in Durban is covered with a foil sheet. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban – The cross-examination of investigating officer, Major Mandla Dlamini, on Thursday suggested that 11 men accused of executing the deadly shooting at Durban’s Brook Street taxi rank were still in possession of their cellphones.

News24 has also confirmed with a source close to the investigation that the accused are still in possession of their cellphones.

There was a heavy police presence at Thursday’s proceedings with members of the National Intervention Unit and the Tactical Response Team both deployed to Court 10.

Several policemen stood guard at each door while others stood behind the applicants in the Durban Magistrate's Court.

President Jacob Zuma’s nephew and taxi boss, Mfundo Ncaba, and 10 others were arrested on September 16. The men have been charged with murder, attempted murder and public violence.

They appeared before magistrate Phumlani Bhengu on Wednesday where they claimed to have acted in self-defence on the day in question. The men also said they do not belong to either the Sonke or Zamokuhle long distance taxi associations.

No cellphones from 11 accused

The shooting is believed to have been prompted by a long-running dispute between the two associations over routes on the South Coast.

When Dlamini took the stand, he told the court about his investigation. State advocate Khumbu Shazi asked Dlamini if he was in possession of the applicants' cellphones.

“It is alleged here that you have their cellphones, do you have them?” asked Shazi.

Dlamini told the court that he was in possession of two cellphones - one belonged to one of those killed and the second belonged to accused number 12. The case against him has been struck off the roll.

But the police did not have the cellphones of the 11 men still facing charges.
“I do not have them,” said Dlamini.

Shazi asked Dlamini where their cellphones were and if he had tried to find out.

“I don’t know anything about the cellphones, this is the first I am hearing about the cellphones,” said Dlamini.

The case continues.  

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