Senzo Meyiwa trial: Cop grilled after he ‘did nothing’ about accused’s arms exchange on day of murder

Senzo Meyiwa trial: Cop grilled after he 'did nothing' about accused's arms exchange on day of murder
Senzo Meyiwa trial: Cop grilled after he 'did nothing' about accused's arms exchange on day of murder

Africa-Press – South-Africa. A constable’s failure to make any arrests after witnessing the exchange of guns in his nephew’s hostel room took centre stage in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday during the trial into the murder of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa.

Constable Sizwe Zungu was under cross-examination by the defence after he testified during his evidence-in-chief that he was at his nephew’s place at a hostel on the day Meyiwa was killed.

He said he saw three of the accused – Bongani Ntanzi, Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, and Mthobisi Mncube – heading to his nephew’s room. He followed them because he was suspicious.

When he walked into the room, he saw Sibiya holding a .38 revolver. Mncube had a 9mm pistol.

He had left his service pistol in his nephew’s room, so he was anxious and immediately looked for it and smelt it to establish if it had been used.

Defence advocate Zithulele Nxumalo asked Zungu why he had failed to act after seeing the exchange in his nephew’s room.

“As a police officer, you saw people exchange firearms in a hostel room and did nothing,” Nxumalo put it to him.

But Zungu disagreed and said he was testifying against them in court.

Zungu previously told the court he was with the five men at a hostel in Vosloorus for a get-together on the night Meyiwa was killed.

He testified that Sibiya shared the news of Meyiwa’s death well before it became public knowledge.

Ntanzi, Sibiya, Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa, and Fisokuhle Ntuli are on trial for Meyiwa’s murder.

They have pleaded guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, possession of an unlicensed firearm, and possession of ammunition.

The trial continues.

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