‘Water found on the floor after Meyiwa was shot, no blood on the kitchen floor’

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One of the first witnesses to arrive on the scene after former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was shot found water on the floor and saw neighbour, Maggie Phiri picking up empty beer cans from the floor because “she didn’t want the police to see that the people in the house were drinking alcohol.” 

This emerged during state witness Thabo Mosia’s cross-examination at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday afternoon.  

After insisting that the crime scene had not been tampered with, Mosia has admitted in court that he found no blood stains on the kitchen floor. This is despite having led testimony that Meyiwa was shot in the kitchen and it was alleged that he had bled a lot. 

“The only blood swabs we took were from the kitchen wall. And more blood was from the floor of the sitting room,” says Mosia. 

The court has heard, through a sworn statement, that witnesses, who arrived on the scene shortly after the shooting incident, had found water on the floor, which Advocate Zandile Mshololo used to argue that the scene had been “cleaned” up because Mosia could arrive and evidence possibly planted. 

“Maggie Phiri suggested we should clean the house before the police could arrive. We ignored her and she continued to pack empty bottles of beer and we left Magie Phiri behind busy picking up the empties,” reads the statement in part. 

Mosia has conceded to the possibility of crime scene tampering. 

“Do you see that you arrive when the crime scene had already been cleaned?”  

“Go a utlwahala (That makes sense!),” conceded Mosia. 

Mosia says he neither checked Meyiwa’s car which he found on the scene, nor asked for its movement information from the tracking company, arguing that would be the duty of the Investigating Officer and that his focus was the scene itself. 

Judge’s hands are tied

Maggie Phiri is one of the seven people listed in the second docket as possible suspects, alongside Longwe Twala (Zandile Khumalo’s boyfriend), Kelly Khumalo (Meyiwa’s girlfriend), Gladness Khumalo (Kelly’s mother), Zandile Khumalo (Kelly’s sister) and two of Senzo Meyiwa’s friends, Tumelo Madlala and Mthokozisi Twala. 

The document was mentioned in court last week by Advocate Malesela Teffo who insisted the court need to put those mentioned in it on trial and not his clients. However, Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela insisted the power to decide who to charge to be tried in court lay with the National Prosecution Authority.  

The NPA has, however, chosen to prosecute based on the first docket with the version that the Meyiwa was shot by two intruders who stormed into the Kelly Khumalo’s home and demanded cell phones before a scuffle ensued leading to the shooting of Meyiwa. 

Muzi Sibiya, Bongani Ntanzi, Mthobisi Prince Mncube, Mthokoziseni Ziphozonnke Maphisa, and Sifisokuhle Ntuli are charged with Meyiwa’s murder, attempted murder of other witnesses, robbery with aggravating circumstances, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of ammunition. 

They have pleaded not guilty to all the charges. 

The trial will continue tomorrow with Mshololo expected to wrap up her cross-examination and the state possibly called its second witness.