CCTV footage plays prominent role in cop trial

2016-03-24 18:00
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Durban – Video footage played a prominent role at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on Thursday where the trial of a police officer who is alleged to have killed a robber execution style is being heard.

Constable Ndumiso Duma took the stand and gave his account of the shooting that saw Pardington Gonye killed by police officer, Captain Dumisani Dladla.

Dramatic security camera footage showed the execution-style shooting of Gonye outside a Post Office building. In the footage, Dladla is seen shooting the man twice.

Dladla has pleaded not guilty to the murder and defeating the ends of justice.

In October 2012 a group of armed gunmen attacked the KFC in Shepstone Street, Pinetown, robbing staff and patrons of cash and cellphones.

Two policemen shot

Two policemen, Constable Ajith Krishinlall and Constable Jerome Nguma, were the first to respond and were both shot. Krishinlall died from his injuries.

Duma was questioned throughout the morning on precise details of his version of events. He had been in the company of Dladla and one other officer when Gonye was killed.

Duma described how he was in a state of fear during most of the incident saying he did not see Dladla shoot Gonye, but only heard the shots.

Prosecutor, Yasmin Vahed, and Dladla's attorney, Gator Reddy, referred to the video footage in their questioning.

Questioned by Vahed, Duma said he was initially afraid to discuss what had occurred at the scene saying that at the time, he had just come out of the police academy.

On cross examination, Reddy described how Duma wrote out his statement in October 2012 but only had a version of it commissioned in January 2013.

“If you wrote that correctly you would have little trouble recalling events from the day,” he said.

The matter continues.

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