The Pretoria High Court has heard shocking detail of how Bongani Ntanzi allegedly spent weeks in soiled clothes, following his arrest for Senzo Meyiwa’s murder.
This as the high court works to determine the admissibility of Ntanzi’s alleged confession, which the defence team maintains was coerced.
Ntanzi’s legal representatives say their client was tortured after his arrest and spent almost a month in the same filthy clothes after the 2020 June 16.
It’s alleged Ntanzi’s girlfriend was allowed to bring him a change of clean clothes only on the 13th of July.
State witness, police sergeant Vusimuzi Mogane, has however vehemently denied the allegations.
He told the court that the late sergeant Mabena was in charge of organising Ntanzi’s clothes.
Mogane said if he could he would resurrect Mabena to confirm this version and send him back to the grave.
The court is now scrutinising Magane’s movements on the night of Ntanzi’s alleged torture.
It is alleged that the police officer drove Ntanzi to a filling station after his arrest, where he was forced to confess his involvement in Meyiwa’s killing.
Mogane’s GPS tracking records have so far corroborated the petrol stop.
GPS expert, Michael Du Preez, took the stand yesterday afternoon. He says it’s highly unlikely the vehicles tracking system could have been tampered with.
He returns to the hot seat this morning when the trial resumes. Article by Naomi Kobbie
Written by: Lindiwe Mabena