‘Gun found in Meyiwa case accused 3’s room should have been destroyed in 2017’

‘Gun found in Meyiwa case accused 3’s room should have been destroyed in 2017’

A gun that has been a point of much discussion in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial at the high court in Pretoria was due to be destroyed back in 2017. However, delays in paperwork, among other issues, saw the gun remain intact for another three years until it was taken in for further ballistic examinations, in 2020 – this time, for the Meyiwa murder case.  

Captain Bonginkosi Mtshali, an exhibit storage room commander, on Thursday explained the delays in destroying the gun until 2020 despite a destruction order having been given three years earlier.  

Mtshali oversaw the exhibit storage room where a gun, which was confiscated when accused 3 was arrested for a taxi violence-related matter in 2015, was stored. 

He has blamed the delay on the paperwork process that has to be followed before a gun can be destroyed, which he says is even longer if a gun’s serial number, as in the case of the gun in question, has been filed off.  

Branch Commander Mohammed Bayat, who followed Mtshali on the stand, confirmed the instruction was given out in 2017. However, Mtshali says even then they need to await a callout from the provincial office before the gun could be destroyed.  

In 2020, Mtshali says the gun was then booked out for ballistic examinations by Captain Mangena, one of the ballistic investigators who attended the Meyiwa murder scene. On the day he returned the gun, it was then booked out by Brigadier Bongani Gininda the lead investigator CAS 636/10/2014. 

Mangena is expected to come to court to give evidence on the results of those ballistics tests. 

The initial ballistic examinations on the gun in 2015 provided by Sergeant Masondo who arrested Mncube that year for the taxi violence-related case, provided no link between the gun and Meyiwa’s murder. 

Original Story by www.sabcnews.com


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