Senzo Meyiwa trial

The late Senzo Meyiwa. Image: X/@OfficialPSL.

Senzo Meyiwa trial: Key highlights from this week’s proceedings

This week, a recording of Bongani Ntanzi’s alleged confession took centre stage in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial.

Senzo Meyiwa trial

The late Senzo Meyiwa. Image: X/@OfficialPSL.

A recording of an alleged confession by Senzo Meyiwa murder accused Bongani Ntanzi took centre stage at the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.


  • On Monday, accused 1 Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya and accused 2 Bongani Ntanzi bolstered their defence by appointing Advocate Thulani Mngomezulu to deal with aspects relating to the confessions they allegedly made.
  • Magistrate Vivienne Cronje was the only State witness who took the stand this week.

On Tuesday, Cronje took to the witness stand and told the court that she took down Ntanzi’s confession statement on 24 June 2020 in the presence of his lawyer and an interpreter. She added that she recorded Ntanzi without the other parties being made aware.

  • The court also heard that Ntanzi was calm, relaxed and even made eye contact when he made his confession. Ntanzi previously claimed that he was assaulted by police and was forced to sign the confession statement, however Cronje told the court that Ntanzi was asked if he had any injuries and if he does he should show them.

“His answer was no, except for old injuries he sustained underground and the one he sustained when he was young,” she said.

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  • The State previously indicated that it will not use the recording and made a U-turn, however on Friday, Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng ruled that the recording should not form part of the evidence in the trial.

“Accused 2 would then be continuously subjected to a trial unfairly when we know that the Constitution engages us enjoins us to prevent such an exigency. Also in the view of this court that would bring the administration of justice into disrepute. Consequently this court rules that the audio recording should not form part of these proceedings, it is inadmissible,” he said.

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From left to right; the interpreter and the five men accused of murdering Senzo Meyiwa (Bongani Ntanzi is the one wearing a blue golf T-shirt) Image: Nokwanda Ncwane/The South African.

Five men are on trial at the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria for the murder of the soccer star, Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa and Fisokuhle Nkani Ntuli. They face charges of premeditated murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravated circumstances, possession of firearms without a licence and possession of ammunition. All five men pleaded not guilty as the trial has started afresh under Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng.

The trial continues.