Fresh revelations have been laid bare in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial at the Pretoria High Court when a new witness testified that accused number one confessed to the soccer star’s murder, hours after his arrest.
Sergeant Bathobakae Mogola took the court through the day the accused Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya was arrested on the afternoon of the 30th May 2020.
Mogola is attached to the cold case investigation unit under Brigadier Bongani Gininda, who is the lead investigator in the murder case and has been in the service for 18 years.
Mogola told the court that she was assigned the case by Gininda in 2019, in the matter involving Sibiya in Tembisa. She testified that upon investigation, a warrant of arrest was issued for Sibiya in December 2019 and in May 2020, she was informed that the suspect had been spotted around Tembisa.
Mogola said she then contacted Constable Buthelezi from the EMPD SWAT Unit, who came with another cop Sergeant Sadiki, to assist with the arrest. She later met him at the Tembisa police station on the 30th of May 2020.
“I then suggested we should keep a gap between us when we got to the street where we were told he was. I drove in the front and as I was driving, I noticed three males who were standing on my right-hand side and one male fitted the description of Muzi Sibiya,” she said.
Mogola said she drove past and as she looked via the rearview mirror, she saw Buthelezi and Sadiki approaching the suspects, and by the time she got to them with the warrant of arrest, they were introducing themselves to the suspect.
After arresting Sibiya, Mogola said the accused was taken to his shack in Tembisa to look for his ID. She added that Seargant Sadiki returned from Sibiya’s shack with ammunition, nine pieces of live ammunition that had not been used, a magazine, as well as the cleaning rod, all of which were in a black plastic bag.
“I asked Sibiya who the things belonged to and he confirmed they were his. I then asked him about the gun because, with the magazine and a cleaning rod, I could tell there was a gun involved,” she said.
She further told the court that Sibiya told her the gun belonged to his friend who was at the Vusumuzi Hostel, where they drove to.
Mogola told the court that she asked Sibiya if he was involved in the murder of Senzo Meyiwa and that he responded to the question.
“I could see that he was making admissions. I reminded him of his constitutional rights and he went further to tell me,” she said.
Mogola went on to tell the court that he asked Sibiya about other cases not related to Senzo. “I then asked him if he was comfortable communicating what he was telling me to my boss and he said he didn’t have a problem with that,”. Mogola will be back on the stand this morning.