South Africans think that Senzo Meyiwa’s murder trial will not come to an end anytime soon following the death of key state witness, Brigadier Philani Ndlovu.
Brigadier Ndlovu reportedly passed away on Wednesday, 11 May. He was expected to give evidence when the trial resumes at the Pretoria High Court in two weeks.
KEY WITNESS IN SENZO MEYIWA TRIAL, BRIGADIER PHILANI NDLOVU DIES
Brigadier Philani Ndlovu was expected to give key evidence on behalf of the state at the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial.
Ndlovu, who is a former provisional head of SAPS, was one of the first people at the scene of the incident. He had been mentioned by the first state witness, police officer Thabo Mosia, who was also at the scene.
During cross-examination, Mosia said Ndlovu was the one who briefed him when he arrived at the scene to collect forensic evidence. His death has now raised questions as to how this will impact the trial going forward.
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This week, the defence lawyer, who is representing four of the accused, Advocate Malesela Teffo wrote to the High Court requesting that the trial resumes earlier than it was supposed to.
“The witnesses of the defence for accused 1 to 4 are receiving serious threats to their lives from the police and we wrote the letter to the National Police Commissioner, General Fannie Masemola.
“The threats as well as all sorts of intimidating tactics, for which we take them very seriously, are persistent against the defence of accused 1 to 4 to date.”
Advocate Malesela Teffo
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While many are of the belief that Advocate Malesela Teffo had a point when he requested for the trial to resume earlier, some believe that Senzo Meyiwa’s family will not get justice anytime soon.
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