Police escort movements takes centre stage in the Senzo Meyiwa trial.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard the details of a police escort's movements from Sergeant Vusumuzi Mogane in a trial-within-a-trial on Tuesday.
Mogane transported Bongani Ntanzi to the Moroka police station in Soweto on 19 June 2020 to make a confession about his alleged involvement in Meyiwa's murder.
Ntanzi, however, claims the police made several stops in locations such as Alberton, Germiston and Orlando where he was assaulted and forced to confess.
Going through the automatic vehicle locator (AVL) report on Tuesday, Mogane said the car tracking records showed no stops were made on the police’s way to Soweto on the day in question.
The AVL report indicated that the police actually made two trips to Moroka police station.
The first time was to escort Ntanzi for his confession, while the second trip was made because the late Sergeant Steven Mabena had forgotten his keys and a USB drive at the station.
Mogane had told the court that the police travelled to Vosloorus, where Ntanzi was initially scheduled to appear in court, before they proceeded to the suspect’s place of residence in Phokeng, Rustenburg.
The report showed that Mogane, who was driving the white Toyota Fortuner they travelled in, exceeded the speed limit on multiple occasions on their way to Phokeng.
The court also heard that the police stopped at a petrol station on the N4 to buy food around 8pm.
The records showed the engine was switched off at 8:15pm and started again at 8:17pm.
"There is an Engen petrol station that has a Wimpy next to the Doornpoort toll gate. We went in and had food, which was ordered by Sergeant Mabena while we were driving on the road. We did not sit in, we took a takeaway as Sergeant Mabena placed an order in advance. [The food] was for myself, Sergeant Mabena and Ntanzi," Mogane said.
Adv Thulani Mngomezulu for accused one and two, requested adjournment so that the excluded car records of the witness, Mogane, be made available to him.
Mngomezulu told the court that he needed to see the records of the car used by Mogane for the 22 and 24 June 2020.
Evidence before the court has excluded the records for both days as Mogane was not driving the vehicle that he initially used to take Ntanzi to his first alleged confession.
"Where are the records of the vehicle for 22 and 24 June 2020? Because he (Mngomezulu) says it wasn't used, but you haven't given him proof to say it wasn't used. Where are the records?" questioned Judge Ratha Mokgoathleng.
"On the 24th, a different vehicle was used, and he was still the driver," responded state prosecutor Advocate George Baloyi.
"I am referring to the 22 June 2020 when he (Ntanzi) was taken to court," responded Mngomezulu.
Ntanzi made a court appearance on 22 June 2020 in connection with a murder committed in Nongoma.
He was also driven to the Boksburg Magistrate's Court on 24 June 2020, where he would allegedly make his second confession to Magistrate Vivian Cronje.
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