The officer claimed he had then told former North West deputy police commissioner Major-General William Mpembe of the dying man in his truck.
“When I was reversing I heard a knock from the back of the truck and people shouting in isiXhosa that a person was dying,” Constable Dimakatso Mafate told the court.
“I parked the truck and opened the door. I saw a man lying down dressed in a chequered jacket. I then went to inform General Mpembe that a person was dying in the truck. He took my details, including my force number, saying he was going to make a report.”
Mafate was testifying in the trial involving Mpembe, Gideon van Zyl, Dingaan Madoda and Oupa Pule.