- Five men are charged with the murder of Senzo Meyiwa.
- The defense of four defendants believes the former leader of the Gauteng investigators is important in the case.
- Brigadier General Philani Ndlovu died in May, the state said he was not considered a decisive witness.
Former Gauteng detective leader Brigadier Philani Ndlovu, who died recently, is seen as an essential witness in defending the men accused of killing former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.
Ndlovu’s name first appeared in the criminal lawsuits against Muzikawukhulelwa S’Tembu Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa and Fisokuhle Ntuli as the state’s first witness to be his main witness.
The eyewitness, Sergeant Thabo Mosia, was the first forensic detective to arrive at the scene where Meyiwa was shot dead on October 26, 2014 – at the home of his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo, in Boksburg, Vosloorus.
Mosiah testified that Ndlovu called him and asked him to go to the crime scene.
Ndlovu then allegedly took Mosia to the scene and gave him initial information about what was believed to have happened.
During the cross-examination, lawyer Malesela Teffo, who represents four defendants, spent a lot of time questioning Mosiah about her relationship with Ndlovu.
Teffo also focused on Mosia’s confession that Ndlovu had asked him to go to the crime scene but could not give the address.
Teffo, without proving it, claimed that senior police officers had manipulated the scene and gathered evidence for Mosiah.
The lawyer later claimed that these police officers and the people in the house held a meeting where they worked out a plan to ensure that the actual perpetrators were not brought to justice.
He said Ndlovu had “deliberately” given Mosiah bad information about what had happened that evening.
Death of Ndlovu
News24 reported in May that Ndlovu had died shortly after criminal proceedings began in the Gauteng Supreme Court in Pretoria.
Police refused to comment on Ndlovu’s death as he was no longer a member of the South African police force.
Police did not answer questions about the cause of death.
The National Prosecutor’s Office (NPA) has issued a statement stating that Ndlovut is not considered a decisive witness in the state’s case.
“His role was limited to being present at the scene of the incident and managing the crime scene,” NPA spokesman Lumka Mahanjana said.
“It should be noted that his statement was not obtained by the investigators.
Several other witnesses are also giving substantive testimony in the case. The state remains confident that it has sufficient evidence to ensure a successful prosecution in this case.
During Wednesday’s cross-examination, Teffo told Mosia that Ndlovu had not made a sworn statement on the case currently before the court.
However, he made a sworn statement in another case involving the murder of Meyiwa.
Teffo said Ndlovu was “important” in the second case, which did not lead to an arrest.
He added that Ndlovu’s evidence is important and it is necessary for Ndlovu to testify in court.
Teffo had previously tried to admit this statement as evidence, but the state protested, stating that it would have to make a substantive request to do so.
Teffo relied on a second police investigation into Meyiwa’s death, which has its own investigators and various findings, News24 reported earlier.
To prove this, Teffo handed over a document from the NPA that had its own list of suspects and came to a different conclusion about what happened on the night of Meyiwa’s killing.
According to Teffo, the suspects in this case were in the house at the time, including Khumalo, his mother, his sister, and Longwe Twala (son of Chicco Twala, a musician).
Attorney General George Baloyi’s lawyer said the document had never been published and was nothing more than a draft.
He said the evidence for the document would be presented at a later stage.
Earlier on Wednesday, Teffo said a witness would testify that Khumalo had mistakenly shot Meyiwa with a revolver that Twala had brought into his mother’s house.
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