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The death of Brigadier Philani Ndlovu wont affect the Senzo Meyiwa case

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the death of former police Brigadier Philani Ndlovu – one of the officers named in the ongoing Senzo Meyiwa murder trial – will have no influence on the case. "The NPA is aware of rumors of Ndlovu's death, and we extend our condolences to his family." Lumka Mahanjana, the North Gauteng regional spokeswoman for the director of public prosecutions, claimed that Ndlovu is not considered a critical witness in the Meyiwa case.

Ndlovu's death has sparked speculation, with many social media users claiming that the retired police chief was poisoned. Others claimed he became ill weeks before his death. According to the NPA, Ndlovu's "role was restricted" to his attendance at the [Meyiwa murder] scene and crime scene management. Ndlovu, who is accused of being involved in a cover-up of the 2014 murder, has not offered a statement to investigators, according to Mahanjana.

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"It should be mentioned that the investigators did not collect his statement. "There are a number of other witnesses who will testify on the merits of the case," Mahanjana said. "The State remains convinced that it has sufficient evidence to prosecute this matter successfully." Counsel for four of the five individuals charged of killing the former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper in October 2014 told the High Court in Pretoria last month that the crime scene was managed and tampered with after the soccer star was dead.

Advocate Malesela Daniel Teffo told the State's first witness, SAPS forensic specialist Sergeant Thabo Johannes Mosia, that the evidence he gathered after arriving at the murder scene nearly five hours after the shooting was all staged. "I submit to you, Mr Mosia, that all of the evidence you gathered on both instances (of visiting the Khumalo residence where the murder occurred) was staged." "When you initially came, you encountered what you encountered. It was just put together purposefully, and you, blissfully unaware to the meddling with the situation, did your job," Teffo explained.

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"I can't say I blame you. You did your job, but you were completely unaware that these things had been planted." Mosia stated that he couldn't tell if the crime scene was staged or not, but he worked with what he had at the time. Teffo claimed that a Brigadier Ndlovu, the chief of the Gauteng provincial detectives in command of the crime scene, was among those guiding the unwary Mosia into the staged scene using tactics like as intimidation.

You stated you spotted Brigadier Ndlovu there, and it was Brigadier Ndlovu who was directing you on what to take, picture, and what not to photograph. Brigadier Ndlovu's actions at that time were intended to manage and frighten you as a senior," Teffo explained. "That was the consequence of a meeting the took place in that residence before you came." Mosia claimed he couldn't speak to Teffo's claim. Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Ntanzi, Mthobisi Ncube, and Mthokoziseni Maphisa are represented by Teffo. Advocate Zandile Mshololo represents the fifth accused, Sifisokuhle Ntuli.

Source:

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/senzo-meyiwa-trial-npa-wont-comment-on-whether-brigadier-ndlovus-death-will-affect-case-20220514

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Lumka Mahanjana NPA National Prosecuting Authority Ndlovu North Gauteng

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