Senzo Meyiwa

The five men accused of the murder of Senzo Meyiwa. Image: Nokwanda Ncwane /The South African

Mthobisi Mncube, accused 3 in Meyiwa trial raises startling allegations

Accused 3 in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, Mthobisi Mncube,said he is being abused at Kgosi Mampuru prison and other startling allegations.

Senzo Meyiwa

The five men accused of the murder of Senzo Meyiwa. Image: Nokwanda Ncwane /The South African

Accused number 3 in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial Mthobisi Mncube told the Pretoria High Court that he is abused at Kgosi Mampuru prison where he is detained. 

Former defence lawyer for accused 1 – 4 Advocate Malesela Teffo had asked the court to entertain Mncube’s abuse allegations in a letter he brought before court. 


Adv Teffo read a letter written by Mncube on alleged abuse in prison. He also took the stand to tell the court more about the alleged abuse.

In his letter, Mncube said he would like to place on record the inhumane conditions in which he is being incarcerated.

“I am barred from watching news and current affairs. I am in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and with one hour for exercise,” he said. 

Mncube also said he is always in shackles when he is outside his cell. 

“I requested a radio and to buy food from the shop because the food we are receiving is not fit for human consumption. However, my request has not been responded to.” 

Mncube said in the interest of justice the court should intervene. 

Mncube also said while he was at Johannesburg Prison he was able to call his family every day because there were public phones unlike where he is currently. He added that it hurts him that he is unable to communicate with his family and that he is always worried about what’s happening outside. 

“When I arrived on 4 December 2020 I was heavily assaulted and even electrocuted. I have now realised that abuse is the norm. You could be in your cell and you hear someone else is being electrocuted and they are crying. The person who is in charge usually comes at night to check and when you inform the individual they say they don’t know anything about that.” 

Mthobisi Mncube

Presiding Judge, Tshifhiwa Maumela, said he will not have anything to say about the prison conditions. 

“For what I know, the conditions must be just, they must be inline with the law and Constitutional. I cannot make a ruling on it; it is not my sphere,” Maumela said.

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