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Cop tells court he did not believe Senzo Meyiwa murder scene was tampered with

Sergeant Thabo Johannes Mosia at the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Naude/African News Agency (ANA)

Sergeant Thabo Johannes Mosia at the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Naude/African News Agency (ANA)

Published Apr 26, 2022

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Pretoria - Sergeant Thabo Johannes Mosia has told the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria that he did not believe that the scene where Senzo Meyiwa was shot and killed had been tampered with.

Mosia was amongst the first few officers who attended the scene at Kelly Khumalo’s home in Vosloorus on the day in question.

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He told the court that he had been on standby on October 26 on behalf of the Springs Criminal record and Crime Scene management division, covering three police stations in the vicinity.

According to the officer he was informed of the incident around 11:45 pm and arrived on the scene around 00:20 to find other members of the police there.

Advocate Zandile Mshololo speaks to the accused in court. Picture: Goitsemang Tlhabye

He said although he had been called to attend the scene where Meyiwa had been shot, he had not been given the address by the brigadier in charge and as a result went to the Vosloorus police station to obtain the address.

During cross-examination by advocate Malesela Teffo, the defence for accused one to four, Mosia was questioned about the time of arrival at the scene by police and the work they had done on the day.

Mosia told the court that he had been called in to conduct the forensic investigation, and was informed by a Brigadier Ndlovu who was the head of the Gauteng provincial detective office of what had transpired.

He said he was also informed by the officer who arrived before him that the incident took place just after 8pm, although police were called hours later.

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When questioned about possible tampering of the scene given that the police arrived four hours after the incident, Mosia said he did not believe there had been tampering due to some of the evidence found.

The officer said that had there been tampering he believed he wouldn't have been able to find items such as the fragmented bullet, as well as the hat and walking stick on the ground.

If anything he said he believed the reason the victims delayed in contacting the police was a result of them being more focused on saving Meyiwa’s life by getting him to the nearest health facility.

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The matter continues after a brief adjournment.

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