Forensic expert in Senzo case could have been misled, argues defence lawyer

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Mshololo, who represents accused number five, Sifiso Ntuli, questioned the validity of pictures taken of the scene. Photo: Gallo Images
Mshololo, who represents accused number five, Sifiso Ntuli, questioned the validity of pictures taken of the scene. Photo: Gallo Images


SA Police Service forensic expert and evidence collector Thabo Mosia could have been misled while gathering evidence and photos at the scene where former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was murdered.

This was a proposition put to the court by defence lawyer Advocate Zandile Mshololo during her cross-examination of Mosia at the Pretoria High Court on Wednesday.

Mshololo, who represents accused number five, Sifiso Ntuli, questioned the validity of pictures taken of the scene, citing that Mosia relied on information he obtained from now deceased Brigadier Philani Ndlovu, who was the first person to arrive at the scene.

She said:

Ndlovu was the one pointing [to] the spots at the crime scene, so it is a possibility that he was misleading you and pointing at the wrong areas.

She also said that Mosia relied on Ndlovu’s guidance at the crime scene, even though he was unable to give Mosia the address when he summoned him to the house in Vosloorus where the soccer star was killed.

“You left the crime scene to him even though his conduct led to you delaying getting to the crime scene,” Mshololo said.

She also posed a scenario to Mosia that suggested that the seven people – Longwe Twala, Kelly Khumalo, Gladness Khumalo, Zandi Khumalo, Tumelo Madlala, Mthokozisi Twala and Maggie Phiri – who were allowed to spend the night inside a single bedroom in Kelly Khumalo’s mother’s house could have tampered with the crime scene.

She revealed that she would call a witness, Queen Gugu Ngubeni, to the stand. Ngubeni allegedly saw one of the people who were left in the house interfering with evidence in the kitchen: “Maggie was seen cleaning the liquor inside the house in the morning.”

READ: Advocate Malesela Teffo tells court: ‘A witness will implicate Kelly Khumalo in Senzo Meyiwa’s murder’

Mshololo also questioned why Mosia only took eight pictures during his first visit to the crime scene and surrendered them to Ndlovu.

“I was waiting for the national task team for help because I found that the crime scene was challenging. They have more knowledge about matters of the crime scene,” he answered.

Mosia contended that Ndlovu did not influence his work on the scene, as he knew nothing about forensics. However, he conceded that he could not make a full determination on whether the people he left at the scene obeyed his warning not to tamper with it.

He said:

I allowed them to use the single room because there were children there and the incident happened very late at night.

The trial will continue on Thursday.


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