Livestream: Senzo Meyiwa murder trial continues in the High Court.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Sergeant Johannes Thabo Mosia, called as the state's first witness in the sensational Senzo Meyiwa murder case, said he was not aware that the DNA found on a hat collected as evidence was that of a woman, not a man.
"And I now say for your information that the DNA belongs to a female person," claimed Advocate Malesela Teffo, who represents four of the accused. “Is that news to you?" Teffo asked Mosia during cross-examination on Tuesday.
"It is a new thing to me, my Lord," replied Mosia.
It is the state's belief that accused Number 3, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, left the hat behind at the scene of the crime.
Teffo told the court his client, Mncube, was a man and said: "Can I ask my Lord that my client, accused Number 3, stand up to confirm his gender?"
"How will standing up confirm his gender?" Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela asked Teffo.
"Alright, that’s fine. 'No, I was saying just for Mosia to see that he is a man," retorted Teffo.
"I don't understand how standing up will confirm that unless you were saying he should remove the mask to check whether he is bearded, things like that," Judge Maumela said. "I still don't understand why, but Mr Mncube can you stand up so that according to Advocate Teffo you can confirm your gender?”
Mncube, dressed in a formal shirt, stood up and had his left hand released so he could pull his face-mask below his chin.
"I can see that he is a man," said Mosia.
"Were you not aware prior to that?" Judge Maumela asked."
"I was aware, my Lord," answered the policeman.
Teffo then said: "The court is dealing with evidence, your worship, but now he has confirmed his gender."
The hat DNA revelation came after Mosia and Teffo agreed they were on the same page regarding alleged ownership of the hat.
"Earlier, Teffo asked the sergeant if he agreed that the hat was believed to have been left behind by a suspect as they fled. “That is why I am emphasising on the DNA results from the hat," he added.
Meyiwa was shot at the Vosloorus family home of his partner, singer Kelly Khumalo, in what the state alleges was a botched robbery.
The other four accused are Muzikawukhulelwa S’Tembu Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa and Fisokuhle Ntuli.
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