The Senzo Meyiwa trial took a pivotal turn on Thursday, with the testimony of vehicle movement expert Michael Du Preez, who provided critical insights into the contentious vehicle logbook evidence.
Du Preez testimony sheds new light in Senzo Meyiwa trial
Michael Du Preez, Chief Operations Officer at C-track Fleet Management and an expert in vehicle tracking systems, was called to the stand to provide specialised knowledge in the Senzo Meyiwa trial.
His testimony focused on the functionality and reliability of the automatic vehicle locator (AVL) system installed in the Toyota Fortuner used to transport Bongani Ntanzi, the second accused.
Du Preez elaborated on the AVL system, explaining its ability to track vehicle movements, speed, and idling times. The system, equipped with GPS and a GSM modem, transmits data to a centralized database accessible by authorized SAPS personnel.
This technology was critical in providing insights into the vehicle’s movements on specific dates relevant to the trial.
During the cross-examination, Du Preez clarified the technical aspects of the AVL system. He confirmed that the data is accurate and protected against tampering, ensuring the integrity of the information used in the trial.
The court inquired about the AVL’s capabilities, including the conditions under which it can accurately track the vehicle’s location.
Du Preez’s testimony offered a new dimension to the trial, potentially influencing the course of the investigation.
His insights into the AVL data added clarity to the timeline and movements of the vehicle involved, directly impacting the evaluation of the evidence against the accused.
The Senzo Meyiwa trial resumes on Friday.