On Monday, the Senzo Meyiwa trial-within-a-trial resumed with the State scoring a crucial victory in having the vehicle movement analysis included in evidence.
Senzo Meyiwa trial: Court scrutinises vehicle movement evidence
State prosecutor Advocate George Baloyi highlighted the importance of vehicle movement details in understanding the events of 19 June 2020, the day Bongani Ntanzi was allegedly assaulted by police.
He argued that these records, specifically pertaining to the movement of Sergeant Mogane, who was transporting Ntanzi at the time, are crucial for justice.
Advocate Thulani Mngomezulu, representing accuseds 1 (Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya) and 2 (Ntanzi), questioned the records, highlighting the need for an expert to interpret them.
He expressed concerns over the potential bias of Sergeant Mogane and the timing of introducing this evidence, suggesting it could prejudice the accused.
Presiding Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng emphasised the necessity of considering all relevant evidence for truth-finding.
He ruled in favour of the state, allowing the AVL evidence as it is pertinent to the case, particularly regarding the assertion that the vehicle facilitated the assault on accused 2.
Sergeant Mogane provided details about the vehicle, a white Toyota Fortuner, including its route and registration number. He spoke to the AVL document, which records the vehicle’s status, speed, and location at various times.
When this article was published, the defence, particularly Advocate Mngomezulu, had requested that the evidence cover the period from 16 June 2020, when accused 2, Ntanzi, was arrested, to clarify the timeline of the alleged severe assault on 18-19 June 2020.
The Senzo Meyiwa trial-within-a-trial will resume on Tuesday.