Senzo Meyiwa trial | State advocate calls for end to hypothetical questioning

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Baloyi said Teffo’s methods were not in the best interests of justice.. Photo: Gallo Images
Baloyi said Teffo’s methods were not in the best interests of justice.. Photo: Gallo Images


State Advocate George Baloyi kick-started proceedings at the murder trial of former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa at the Pretoria High Court on Thursday by objecting to defence Advocate Malesela Teffo’s line of questioning.

He argued that Teffo put hypothetical scenarios to state witness Sergeant Thabo Mosia, asking him about matters he knew nothing of.

Baloyi said Teffo’s methods were not in the best interests of justice.

The State’s objection was in light of Mosia’s cross-examination on Tuesday, when Teffo put to him that the DNA results of a hat he had gathered as part of the exhibit had revealed that it had belonged to a woman.

Baloyi pleaded in his brief application that Mosia should only be asked questions relating to his testimony, which depicted procedures he had followed when he arrived at the crime scene.

Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela said that both the State and the defence counsel should adhere to the rules and procedures that underpinned a criminal trial.

Baloyi added that it was unfair to Mosia to be asked about matters outside his realm of expertise, as he would fall prone to making speculations.

READ: First state witness describes bloody scene where Meyiwa was allegedly shot and killed

The scene Mosia described was Kelly Khumalo’s mother’s house in Vosloorus, in the east of Johannesburg, where Meyiwa was shot and killed in October 2014.

Mosia, who had been working at the SA Police Service forensics wing in Springs for 14 years, had earlier in this testimony revealed that exhibits from the scene showed bullet holes in the kitchen door, which was the alleged entry to the house.

The five men, Mthobisi Mncube, Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Ntanzi, Mthokoziseni Maphisa and Sifiso Ntuli, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition.


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