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‘Not a key witness’: NPA on Gen Philani Ndlovu’s role in the Meyiwa trial

The NPA has cleared the air on Gen Philani Ndlovu’s role in the Senzo Meyiwa trial. Ndlovu was a state witness and he died on Wednesday.

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The late Senzo Meyiwa.
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The late General Philani Ndlovu was not a key witness in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, according to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

General Ndlovu reportedly passed away on Wednesday, 11 May. He was expected to give evidence when the trial resumes at the Pretoria High Court in two weeks.  


According to reports, General Philani Ndlovu was expected to give key evidence on behalf of the state at the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial. 

Ndlovu,  who is a former provisional head of SAPS, was one of the first people at the scene of the incident. He had been mentioned by the first state witness, police officer Thabo Mosia, who was also at the scene.

During cross-examination, Mosia said Ndlovu was the one who briefed him when he arrived at the scene to collect forensic evidence. His death has now raised questions as to how this will impact the trial going forward.

NPA Regional Spokesperson, Lumka Mahanjana said they do take note of the reports of the passing of General Philani Ndlovu, however, with regard to the Meyiwa case; Gen Ndlovu is not regarded as a crucial witness.

“His role was limited to his presence at the place of the incident and the management of the crime scene. It should be noted that his statement had not been obtained by the investigators.”

Lumka Mahanjana

Mahanjana said there are several other witnesses who will give relevant evidence on the merits of the case.

“The State is still confident that it has sufficient evidence to ensure a successful prosecution in this case,” Mahanjana said.

This week, the defence lawyer, who is representing four of the accused, Advocate Malesela Teffo wrote to the High Court requesting that the trial resumes earlier than it was supposed to. 

“The witnesses of the defence for accused 1 to 4 are receiving serious threats to their lives from the police and we wrote the letter to the National Police Commissioner, General Fannie Masemola,” Teffo said in the papers.

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