The Pretoria High Court has heard how police failed to disclose that Kelly Khumalo’s mother, Ntombi, fiddled with evidence in the aftermath of Senzo Meyiwa’s shooting.
This as Sergeant Timothy Mathebula wrapped his testimony in the footballers murder trial this afternoon.
Mathebula was among the first police officials to arrive at the murder scene.
According to the witness, Ntombi who is fondly referred to as MaKhumalo, had picked up and put down a hat allegedly belonging to one of the intruders.
Defence Advocate Zandile Mshololo, in her bold style, took a swing at the witness for not previously disclosing this crucial bit of information.
Mathebula added that it only occurred to him that the Khumalo house was a crime scene after he had learnt Meyiwa passed away at the hospital.
The officer has faced a tough grilling from the defence after it emerged he had abandoned the crime scene, leaving the home in the care of Kelly Khumalo’s uncle.
Mathebula says once a nurse informed him Meyiwa was no more, he immediately returned to the Khumalo residence where Meyiwa was gunned down.
Meanwhile, lawyers for one of the men accused of killing the footballer say the court may be in jeopardy of charging Mthobisi Mncube twice – for the same offence.
Mncube stands accused of the illegal possession of a firearm, among other charges.
However, his lawyer Charles Mnisi says he’d already been tried and convicted for possession of the same weapon in 2015.
According to the constitution, no person may be tried twice for the same offence.
The trial continues. Article by Naomi Kobbie
Written by: Lindiwe Mabena