Meyiwa murder trial | Defence forced to proceed without key witness’ statement

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Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng has ruled that the defence in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial will have to continue cross-examination of state witness, Constable Sizwe Zungu, without a written statement.

The accuracy of the state witness’ submissions came under scrutiny during proceedings in the Pretoria High Court today.

It follows Zungu’s admission that there were certain discrepancies between the statements he had given to the police and his oral testimony, with some of the accused incorrectly named in the police statements.

State prosecutor, advocate George Baloyi, however, argued the notes had been shredded and no longer exist.

Zungu was expected to submit the notes he had written around the time Meyiwa was gunned down in October 2014.

Defence for accused number five, Sifisokhule Ntuli, advocate Zandile Mshololo has at the same time argued that her client will suffer prejudice, should the state fail to submit Zungu’s written testimony.

Zungu has so far detailed seeing all five of the accused together in Vosloorus on the day Meyiwa was gunned down.

Meyiwa was killed in an alleged botched robbery at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s Vosloorus home in October 2014.

The trial resumes tomorrow. Article by Naomi Kobbie

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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