Defence wants Thabo Mosia back in the stand for more grilling

Warrant Officer Thabo Mosia is expected to return to the stand for further cross-examination in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial.

This after the defence picked up discrepancies in his testimony and pocketbook entries he made while combing through the crime scene where the football star was shot and killed.

During the proceedings on Thursday, presiding judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng asked defence lawyers if they wanted Mosia to be called back.


Advocate Zandile Mshololo and advocate Zithulele Nxumalo insisted on the police officer’s return to the stand, indicating that he needs to be examined further for clarity.

“There are various questions I need to pose to him. He must be recalled,” Nxumalo said.

State prosecutor George Baloyi conceded, stating that he will check when Mosia can avail himself for more grilling.

Meanwhile, a new witness Captain Bonginkosi Blessing Mtshali has taken the stand.

Mtshali, a member of the visible policing unit with over 25 years’ experience, was expected to clarify details pertaining to the firearm confiscated from one of the accused.

However, he could not go through cross-examination because the documents he was using during his testimony have to be handed over to defence lawyers for their perusal.


Mokgoatlheng said Mtshali would need to be called back on Friday to conclude his testimony, emphasizing that he was avoiding a situation where defence lawyers complain about not being given enough time to go through the evidence.

Meyiwa was gunned down at the home of his then-girlfriend Kelly Khumalo in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg on October 26 2014.

In the dock for his murder are Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Ntanzi, Mthobisi Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa, and Sifisokuhle Ntuli.

They have pleaded not guilty to the soccer star’s murder

The trial continues on Friday.

 

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