Judge wants sick note as runny tummy delays Meyiwa murder trial

Pinky Vythilingam, a Vodacom data expert, had to cut her evidence short after accused number one in the Senzo Meyiwa case, Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, complained of a runny stomach.

Sibiya notified the court through his legal representative, Thulani Mngomezulu, that he has been dealing with the issue since morning and will not be able to attend court for an extended period of time.

“My lord, my instruction from accused number one is that he is not feeling well. He experienced a running stomach this morning. [The accused] indicated to me that he requests the matter to stand down. It will be adjourned to tomorrow,” said Mngomezulu.

Ronnie Sibanda, the state prosecutor leading Vythilingam’s testimony, agreed to the adjournment.

State agreed to adjournment, judge demands proof

“My lord he said he is going to consult a nurse at the prison.”

Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng demanded proof. He stated that accused number one must bring a medical certificate from the doctor who will evaluate and medicate him. It must  state what is wrong with him.

“Do nurses issue medical certificates? Mr Sibanda or Mr Baloyi please write a letter to the professional who will be examining him to furnish him with a certificate. And because accused number one is not feeling well, court adjourns for tomorrow,” said Mokgoatlheng before he slammed his gavel.

Vythilingam was expected to continue with her testimony. It had narrowed down to all the people who were reportedly with the late Bafana star when he died on October 26, 2014.

Cellphone linked Longwe Twala to crime scene

On Wednesday, she informed the court on a cellphone belonging to Longwe Twala. She said it shows that it was in Vosloorus on the fateful night, according to the GPRS data. Longwe is the son of singer and record producer Sello “Chicco” Twala.

“The first entry, on 26 October 2014 at 19:47:19, it shows Spruitview and then at 19:48 it shows Vosloorus.

“At 20:01:01 it shows Spruitview. It is in Vosloorus at 20:16:44. The remainder of the page reflects Spruitview. According to Rica, this number belongs to Longwe Twala,” said Vythilingam.

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