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Friday, 03 November 2023 09:51

Court hears about lead investigator's encounters with Ntanzi and Sibiya.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

State witness Sergeant Vusimuzi Mogane told the Pretoria high court on Thursday that an informant had told the police about Bongani Ntanzi's alleged involvement in the murder of  Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa on 26 October 2014.

Mogane told the court that he had 21 years of service in the police force and was attached to the National Cold Case unit, where his duties as a detective included investigating suspects, collecting exhibits and making arrests once investigations were concluded.

He said, in 2019, Brigadier Bongani Gininda, who was still a colonel at the time, had received information about the footballer's murder.

Mogane also told the High Court on Friday that his relationship with the pair Ntanzi and Muzi Sibiya was so good, that Ntanzi even related a story to him about being a great traditional Zulu dancer.

"You were involved in the booking out and booking in of accused one and two. How was your relationship with them," probed state prosecutor Advocate George Baloyi.

"We had a good relationship; we did not fight, and we also were talking to each other, and they were relaxed. At one time, accused two once intimated that he is a great Zulu dancer who is capable of putting his foot under his armpit," responded Mogane.

Mogane was part of a team that arrested Ntanzi in Phokeng, Rustenburg, in 2020.

He would also be part of a team that drove Ntanzi to Boksburg, where he would allegedly confess the details of Meyiwa's murder for the second time.

He was also one of the officers responsible for transporting Sibiya to Meyiwa's murder scene.

Mogane's testimony forms part of the trial within a trial which is set to challenge the admissibility of the alleged statements made by the pair.

While the State has completed its examination of Mogane, the defence has asked for time to consult with the accused on the evidence that is being led.

Five men stand accused of Meyiwa’s 2014 murder at the Vosloorus home of his girlfriend.

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