Lawyers in the Senzo Meyiwa trial have been struck with yet another blow to their defence, after an application to withdraw one of the accused’s medical records failed.
It’s understood the dental records show Bongani Ntanzi had no injuries at the time his defence claims he was assaulted by police.
Ntanzi’s defence attorney, Thulani Mngomezulu, had initially brought the records, despite his objections to them being regarded as evidence today.
The dental records poke holes in the defence’s version that Ntanzi had been tortured on several occasions at the time of his alleged confession to Meyiwa’s killing in June 2020.
This as the state attempts to prove no coercion took place when Ntanzi and his co-accused, Muzi Sibiya, made their confessions.
Meanwhile, Sergeant Vusimuzi Mogane’s whereabouts on the day of the alleged assault on Ntanzi will come into sharp focus when the trial resumes tomorrow. The state introduced new evidence today, showing Mogane’s movements on that day.
Defence lawyers in the trial argue that Ntanzi was driven to a filling station and assaulted by Mogane and his colleagues, before allegedly being forced to confess to have played a role in Meyiwa’s killing. Article by Naomi Kobbie
Written by: Lindiwe Mabena