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Meyiwa trial hears how one of the suspects received job offer from cops

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The Pretoria High Court has heard how one of the men accused of Senzo Meyiwa’s killing received a mysterious call from police officers, just one week before his arrest.

This as defence in the footballers murder trial continue to paint a picture of the alleged torture and assault that transpired on the day of accused number one, Muzi Sibiya, and accused number two, Bongani Ntanzi’s, arrests.

The court is still working to determine the admissibility of confessions taken from the accused men, which the defence maintains were coerced.

Ntanzi, through his lawyer, says the first time he denied his involvement in the footballer’s killing was when Sergeant Batho Mogola called him just one week before his arrest, offering him a job.

It’s understood the investigating officer made the phone call in June of 2020, as she worked to secure Ntanzi’s home address.

It’s alleged Sergeant Mogola then told the accused that he was wanted for Senzo Meyiwa’s murder.

Sergeant Vusimuzi Mogane, who returned for cross-examination, has denied any knowledge of the alleged phone call.

Mogane says that as a fellow officer, Mogola would have informed him about the phone call.

The police sergeant has also acknowledged that police were heavily armed the day Ntanzi gave his alleged confession to Boksburg Magistrate, Vivian Cronje, in 2020.

He says Ntanzi’s lawyer, Dominic Mjiyako, was present at the time of the alleged confession.

During magistrate Cronje’s cross-examination, Ntanzi’s legal presentative, advocate Thulani Mngomezulu told the magistrate that his client was not represented that day and he did not know who the man who had introduced himself as Mjiyako was. 

The trial continues today. Article by Naomi Kobbie

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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