Bongani Ntanzi distances himself from his lawyer's version of events.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Accused 2 in the Senzo Meyiwa murder case, Bongani Ntanzi contradicted his lawyer regarding details of his assault by police when they were forcing him to confess to the murder of the former Bafana Bafana captain.
The trial within a trial looks into the admissibility of confessions made by Ntanzi accused 1 Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya.
Ntanzi has been on the witness box since Thursday, 8 February and testified about events surrounding his arrest in 2020.
Ntanzi told the court about how police tortured him and went as far as suffocating him with a plastic bag.
He also alleged that lead investigator Brigadier Bongani Gininda offered him R3 million to implicate the right people for the murder of Meyiwa.
Ntanzi was being cross-examined in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday, 12 February by state prosecutor, Ronnie Sibanda.
Sibanda put it to Ntanzi that the vehicle tracking data does not support his version of being assaulted near a dumping site in Soweto. This was also mentioned by his legal representative, advocate Thulani Mngomezulu.
There was more confusion regarding the dates of the alleged assault, Mngomezulu said he was assaulted on June 19, 2020, however, Ntanzi said the assault took place on June 18, 2020.
When asked about these contradiction, Ntanzi said; "I will not comment on what Mngomezulu told the court, but point is that I was assaulted and if there's a confusion on the dates, it might be a mistake, I'm also human, I do forget."
Sibanda told Ntanzi that the occurrence book of the police station where he was detained, made no mention of injuries from the assault.
Ntanzi said all the information which was recorded on the occurrence book was done in his absence and police could have written anything that suited them.
He also added that no one enquired about his well-being.
Previously, the court also heard that Ntanzi had an outstanding matter in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal.
The incomplete case relates to a murder and unlawful possession of a firearm charge.
While on the stand, Ntanzi denied having any knowledge about the matter and said he only heard about it in court while police were testifying.
Sibanda told Ntanzi that this was strange because Mngomezulu, spent ample time questioning police about the Nongoma matter and if he really didn't know about it as he claims, why did he let Mngomezulu build an extensive argument around it.
"Sir, I put it to you that you know about the Nongoma matter, your counsel went over it many times in this court. Also, there's a charge sheet which was given to Mngomezulu and I'm sure he has shown you the document, "he told Ntanzi.
Ntanzi replied: "I repeat, I don't know anything about the Nongoma matter, I only heard about it here in court. I've never seen any documents regarding the matter."
Sibanda showed Ntanzi the document he was referring to and asked whether Mngomezulu showed him.
"Actually, he might have shown me but I don't remember. I went through a lot of documents with Mngomezulu and I can't remember some of them," said Ntanzi.
Five men are on trial for the murder of Meyiwa who was shot at the home of his girlfriend and singer Kelly Khumalo on 26 October 2014. The men are Sibiya, Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa and Fisokuhle Nkani Ntuli.
The men face charges of premeditated murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravated circumstances, possession of firearms without a licence, and possession of ammunition. They have all pleaded not guilty.
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