Twist in Senzo Meyiwa murder trial as defence lawyer points to second docket

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Muzikawukhulelwa S’Tembu Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa, and Sifisokuhle Sifiso Nkani Ntuli in court on October 2021. Photo: Gallo Images
Muzikawukhulelwa S’Tembu Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa, and Sifisokuhle Sifiso Nkani Ntuli in court on October 2021. Photo: Gallo Images


The trial of five men accused of murdering former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa took a dramatic turn on Tuesday when defence lawyer Advocate Malesela Teffo revealed the contents of a second police docket, which suggested that the goalkeeper died instantly on the crime scene, contrary to evidence heard from state witness and evidence collector Thabo Mosia.

Teffo referred to a docket that was opened at the Vosloorus Police Station in 2019, where investigators uncovered that Meyiwa was allegedly shot in the company of those who were in the house, as opposed to the claim that armed robbers gained access to the premises and shot and killed him while robbing others.

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He further claimed that the office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) intended to proceed with the indictment of Longwe Twala, Kelly Khumalo, Gladness Khumalo, Zandi Khumalo, Tumelo Madlala, Mthokozisi Twala and Maggie Phiri who, according to Teffo, were supposed to be arrested and charged with premeditated murder and defeating the ends of justice.

He said: 

These seven people in the docket were the ones who should have been arrested and not my clients. The NDDP had the intention to proceed but I don’t know what stopped them. The court ordered the National Prosecuting Authority to charge the correct people.

However, Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela said that the court was not in a position to pronounce such orders:

That is not my role as the presiding officer. That is why our institutions have a separation of powers.

“Mine is to consider the facts based on the evidence brought before me.”

Teffo also lamented at the prospect of the defence bringing a witness to give evidence that Meyiwa was shot with a revolver and not a 9mm Parabellum.

Mosia declined to comment on the propositions by Teffo, saying that he could only answer questions regarding his role in gathering material from the crime scene.

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The iconic goalkeeper was shot and killed at Kelly Khumalo’s mother’s house in Vosloorus on October 26 2014.

During cross-examination, Mosia said he was not aware of the docket Teffo was talking about.

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.

The trial continues on Wednesday.


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