The Pretoria High Court has heard how police failed to cordon off Senzo Meyiwa’s murder scene, leaving the site vulnerable to tampering.
This as the cross-examination of Sergeant Patrick Mthethwa concluded in the footballer’s murder trial yesterday.
Meyiwa was gunned down at his girlfriend singer Kelly Khumalo’s Vosloorus home in October 2014.
The police officer was among the first to arrive at the murder scene.
He’d been working as a constable at Vosloorus Police Station at the time of the shooting.
Mthethwa says he arrived at the Khumalo residence after receiving a radio call.
Once there, he found Kelly Khumalo’s uncle, Themba Khumalo, alone at the residence.
He’s detailed leaving Themba Khumalo in charge of the home, as he made his way to the hospital where Meyiwa had been taken for medical attention.
Defence Advocate Zandile Mshololo subsequently took him to task, accusing him of negligent conduct.
Judge Ratha Mokgoathleng, however, seemingly came to the witness’ aid, offering an explanation for the apparent carelessness.
The court further heard how blood splatters had been discovered across the Khumalos’ dining room.
Mthethwa also recalled seeing crutches, a hat and a bullet projectile strewn across the floor.
The trial continues. Article by Naomi Kobbie
Written by: Lindiwe Mabena