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Wednesday, 15 November 2023 09:31

Defence scrutinises cop's version of events when transporting murder accused.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

SA Police Service (SAPS), Sergeant Vusumuzi Mogane, provided reasons for the number of stops they made while they were transporting one of the Senzo Meyiwa murder accused Bongani Ntanzi following his arrest.

Mogane was testifying on Tuesday in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria.

Ntanzi is one of five men accused of killing Meyiwa at the home of his girlfriend, singer Kelly Khumalo, in Vosloorus, Gauteng on 26 October 2014.

They have all pleaded not guilty to charges of premeditated murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, illegal possession of a firearm and the illegal possession of ammunition.

Mogane, had his testimony placed under scrutiny after the defence unearthed inconsistencies during cross-examination.

He was under cross-examination on Wednesday in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria.

The evidence dealt with the events of 18 June 2020, when Ntanzi was driven to his former employer in Carletonville, and police discovered he was not at work on the day of Meyiwa's death. 

According to Mogane's version of events, the police escort only joined them when they returned from Carletonville. 

Previous witnesses have also corroborated Mogane's version that he was only assisted in escorting Ntanzi to Moroka Police Station in Soweto.

This is where the alleged confession would take place. 

Ntanzi claims other police officers were present at the time they returned from Carltonville, and when he was subsequently assaulted in Alberton. 

"You are making this up. All the police officers have denied they were ever at a garage. They denied they ever escorted you. They said the only time they escorted you was to Moroka. This is a total fabrication," Ntanzi's legal representative, advocate Thulani Mngomezulu said to Mogane.

"If I recall, you only asked me about going to Moroka. This day you are asking me about today. It is the first time you are asking me about it," Mogane responded. 

Mogane will continue with his evidence on Thursday.

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