A state forensic witness in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial was questioned Friday as to why he did not conduct gunshot residue tests on the hands of people who were inside the home at the time of the fatal shooting.
The defense snubbed her Cross-examination of Sergeant Thabo Mosia about the crime scene.
Attorney Zandile Mshololo argued Mosia failed to collect this “crucial evidence” because Brig Philani Ndlovu had not directed him to do so. p>
Ndlovu was the former chief of detectives in Gauteng and one of the first police detectives on the scene in Vosloorus.
“I was confused by the fact that I had to call the criminal investigation department to accompany me to the scene”, said Mosiah.
He conceded that the evidence should have been taken as soon as he arrived at the scene.
“I think so, but even though it was a long time after the incident , I believe that the movement of people [at the scene] would have resulted in the removal of the residue eaten.”
He further acknowledged that this evidence would have helped the court determine whether anyone in the house fired the shot had given up. “It’s true, it would have been,” he said.
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Meyiwa was shot dead in a botched robbery in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg, in October 2014 while he was attending a family reunion with his then-girlfriend Kelly Khumalo.
Khumalo’s mother Ntombi, sister Zandi, Zandi’s friend Longwe Twala and his friends Mthokozisi Twala and Tumelo Madlala were also in the house.
Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa and Sifisokuhle Nkani Ntuli have been charged with first degree murder, attempted murder, robbery in aggravated circumstances, possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition.
They have pleaded not guilty.
The matter was postponed to Monday as the witness was unwell.
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