Senzo Meyiwa murder accused insists he was assaulted, contradicting his lawyer’s account

Bongani Ntanzi, one of the accused in the Senzo Meyiwa murder case, testified in court that he was assaulted by police while being forced to confess to the murder of the former Bafana Bafana captain.

However, his testimony contradicted that of his lawyer, who claimed that Ntanzi was assaulted near a dumping site in Soweto, which was not supported by vehicle tracking data. There was also confusion regarding the dates of the alleged assault.

Ntanzi denied having any knowledge of the matter and claimed that he only heard about it in court while police were testifying. The trial is currently in a trial-within-a-trial to determine the admissibility of Ntanzi’s confession statement.

There was more confusion regarding the dates of the alleged assault, Mngomezulu said he was assaulted on June 19, 2020, however, Ntanzi said the assault took place on June 18, 2020.

When asked about these contradiction, Ntanzi said; “I will not comment on what Mngomezulu told the court, but point is that I was assaulted and if there’s a confusion on the dates, it might be a mistake, I’m also human, I do forget.”

Sibanda told Ntanzi that the occurrence book of the police station where he was detained, made no mention of injuries from the assault.

Ntanzi said all the information which was recorded on the occurrence book was done in his absence and police could have written anything that suited them.

He also added that no one enquired about his well-being.

Previously, the court also heard that Ntanzi had an outstanding matter in Nongoma KwaZulu-Natal.

The incomplete case relates to a murder and unlawful possession of a firearm charge.

While on the stand, Ntanzi denied having any knowledge about the matter and said he only heard about it in court while police were testifying.

Sibanda told Ntandi that this was strange because advocate Mngomezulu, spent ample time questioning police about the Nongoma matter and if he really didn’t know about it as he claims, why did he let Mngomezulu build an extensive argument around it.

“Sir, I put it to you that you know about the Nongoma matter, your counsel went over it many times in this court. Also, there’s a charge sheet which was given to Mngomezulu and I’m sure he has shown you the document,” he told Ntanzi.

Ntanzi replied: “I repeat, I don’t know anything about the Nongoma matter, I only heard about it here in court. I’ve never seen any documents regarding the matter.”

Sibanda showed Ntanzi the document he was referring to and asked whether Mngomezulu showed him.

“Actually, he might have shown me but I don’t remember. I went through a lot of documents with Mngomezulu and I can’t remember some of them,” said Ntanzi.

Meyiwa was killed on October 26, 2014, while visiting his singer girlfriend Kelly Khumalo at her home in Vosloorus.

Five men —Ntanzi, Sibiya, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa, and Fisokuhle Nkani Ntuli are standing trial for his murder.

The trial continues on Tuesday with Ntanzi still under cross-examination.

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