In a startling turn of events, the chief investigator in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial dropped a bombshell revelation in court, asserting that the late South African footballer was a victim of an orchestrated assassination.
Contrary to the previous narrative of a failed robbery, Brigadier Bongani Gininda, the head of the SA Police Service’s National Cold Case Unit, disclosed that Senzo Meyiwa’s demise was the result of a carefully planned contract killing.
Shocking Discovery: Senzo Meyiwa’s Murder Unraveled in Court
During cross-examination at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, Brigadier Ginida unveiled shocking details about the case. Evidence obtained during the investigation points towards Meyiwa’s murder being a premeditated act orchestrated by a group of five individuals.
Ginida asserted that these suspects were known hitmen with a notorious reputation for executing contract killings, particularly in the KwaZulu-Natal taxi wars.
Lead Investigator’s Affidavit Exposes Startling Insights
According to the affidavit, Mthokoziseni Maphisa, referred to as accused number four, played the role of guarding outside the house while the other accused entered, armed with a small firearm during the incident.
Challenges to Confessions’ Admissibility Amid Assault Claims
The ongoing trial includes a separate proceeding to determine the admissibility of alleged confessions made by accused number one, Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, and accused number two, Bongani Ntanzi. Both defendants claim that they were subjected to severe assault and coerced into confessing to Meyiwa’s murder.
Brigadier Ginida consistently denies these allegations, maintaining that the confessions were voluntary. Additionally, it was revealed that Bongani Ntanzi negotiated a plea bargain with the State, expressing his willingness to implicate the other accused in exchange for a reduced sentence.
Continuation of the Trial
The trial is set to continue on Tuesday, with Brigadier Ginida still undergoing cross-examination. The shocking revelations surrounding the contract-killing nature of Senzo Meyiwa’s murder have injected a new level of complexity into the case, leaving both the court and the public eagerly anticipating further developments in this high-profile trial.