More than 100 phone calls made between two Senzo Meyiwa murder accused.

More than 100 phone calls made between two Senzo Meyiwa murder accused. Image: X/@OfficialPSL.

Two Senzo Meyiwa murder suspects exchanged over 100 phone calls

Evidence suggests communication between the accused individuals in Senzo Meyiwa’s murder case, the content of their conversations unclear.

More than 100 phone calls made between two Senzo Meyiwa murder accused.

More than 100 phone calls made between two Senzo Meyiwa murder accused. Image: X/@OfficialPSL.

In court on Wednesday, the cellphone records of the suspects implicated in the murder of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa were once again examined closely.

Suspects exchange over 100 calls

Cellphone data analyst Gideon Gouws resumed his testimony for additional cross-examination by the defence at the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Gouws analysed the data retrieved from the mobile phones belonging to accused individuals two, Bongani Ntanzi, and five, Fisokuhle Ntuli.

During his testimony last month, the analyst stated in his evidence-in-chief that the records indicated Ntuli had communicated with the other suspects.

During the cross-examination led by the legal representative of accused four, Mthokoziseni Maphisa, Advocate Zithulele Nxumalo, Gouws disclosed that accused four had contacted accused one, Muzikawukhalelwa Sibiya, on 14 occasions.

According to The Citizen, The purported communication occurred between June 2018 and March 2021.

 Maphisa contacted Ntuli on over 100 occasions, comprising 125 direct calls and SMSs.

Additionally, accused four directly contacted accused three, Mthobisi Mncube, at least 20 times.

“Is it correct that you don’t have any evidence that you can produce to the court as to the contents of the conversations between the two communicating numbers?” Nxumalo asked Gouws.

“I can’t tell what was said… just [that] there was communication and they called each other,” the witness said in his response.

Nxumalo additionally informed Gouws that his client had an acquaintance with Sibiya because they are related.

“Mr Gouws, I’m going to tell you this for the first time, accused number four confirms that he knows accused number one; he is his nephew.”

“I don’t know about that,” the data analyst replied.

Earlier in the trial, Advocate Charles Mnisi, representing Mncube, questioned Gouws about whether his client had been in contact with all his co-accused.

According to the data, Mncube needed direct communication with Ntanzi or Sibiya. Mnisi reiterated that Mncube consistently asserted that he did not know his co-accused, which is evident from the records showing no direct communication between them. 

 Mnisi emphasised that Mncube maintained this stance from their initial court appearance in 2020, indicating that any association was only established during their legal proceedings.

State accused of deception in Meyiwa trial

In the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, the defence accused the state of failing to provide requested documents promptly and of lacking transparency. 

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria adjourned the trial prematurely to allow the defence to review the documents and discuss additional evidence the state provided to the accused.

According to SABC News, five men are currently undergoing trial for the fatal shooting of Meyiwa in October 2014. 

“I would like to place it on record that this is a trial by ambush my Lord. Yesterday, I had all the day to consult with my client on all the documents that the state is preparing to use. However, the documents were not supplied to me,” adds Mshololo.

“And my Lord what is very bad in this trial is that the state is dishonest with this court. The state is [not] telling the truth that they need time to investigate and compile all the necessary records that are supposed to be supplied to the defence,” she adds.