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Court hears how Meyiwa murder accused “messed himself” under police interrogation

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The Pretoria High Court has heard shocking account of how Muzi Sibiya, one of five men accused of Senzo Meyiwa’s murder, allegedly “messed himself” following a string of abuse from police officers.

Constable Jabulani Buthelezi, the officer tasked with Sibiya’s 2020 arrest, faced a grilling from the defence as his cross-examination got underway today.

The court is working to determine the admissibility of accused number one, Muzi Sibiya and accused number two, Bongani Ntanzi’s alleged confessions, which their defence team maintains were acquired under duress.

In a twist that could play in the defence’s favour, Buthelezi acknowledged transporting Sibiya home to change his pants in the moments leading up to his alleged confession.

The defence is convinced it’s proof enough that Sibiya had soiled himself following the alleged assault.

 

The defence team has also suggested that on the day of his May 2020 arrest, Sibiya spent over 14 hours in police custody before being detained.

Lawyer, Thulani Mngomezulu, says that left open a crucial window for when the alleged assault could have taken place.

Buthelezi has, however, maintained having no part in the alleged abuse.

The police constable’s cross-examination has concluded with a new witness likely to take to the stand tomorrow. Article by Naomi Kobbie

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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